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October 10, 2012

Central School sale debated


Tonawanda News — People, Inc., is still working on developing Highland into a housing facility, but their grant application for funding was denied by the federal government about three months ago. 

The organization is now pursuing other funding opportunities. 

The owners of the property, S. Spoth LLC, have put the for sale sign back on the school’s lawn until People, Inc., obtains funding. 

“Not-for-profits are having budget constraints now,” Woods said. 

If a company took residence in either school, the property could go back on city tax rolls and provide much needed revenue for the city and school district.

Central School still has desks, computers and a few organizations in the building — including the district’s archives and a Teacher Center. 

Director of Facilities Paul Maziarz said he is working on moving the materials and groups out of the building by Jan. 2. 

The building hasn’t been a full-time educational facility for more than 10 years.  

Vantine also gave his farewell at Tuesday’s meeting before his last day Oct. 17. 

He spoke to his 22 years as a superintendent and 35 in public education.

“I have very, very fond memories,” he said. “I simply say goodbye.”

Also at Tuesday’s meeting: 

• The board appointed two advisors for Rachel’s Challenge, an anti-violence club inspired by the Columbine attacks. At the last meeting, board members voiced their worries that advisors had not been found yet.

• The board will review a policy that prohibits the Parent Teacher Student Association from putting a dollar amount on fliers sent home to families for fundraising policies. Board member Lynn Casal brought up the issue at the meeting, arguing all money raised goes back into schools and the current policy is hurting the organization’s efforts. 

• The board met in executive session with the Tonawanda City School District Civil Service Employees Independent Association in regards to the union’s complaint filed this summer. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

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