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Willsboro seeking community input on old school's future

WILLSBORO Willsboro Central School officials are seeking to shake up the status quo in regards to its former school building.

It is time we brain-storm some ideas regarding any and all possibilities regarding the old school, said Superintendent Steve Broadwell.

Willsboro Central School officials plan to re-convene a committee to discuss all possible options regarding the old school and is looking for community input. At the present time, the building continues to remain vacant.

The future of the old school building has been in limbo for more than five years. The building was replaced by a new facility, but remains in the hands of the school board.

Broadwell said any and all options are on the table, from selling to demolition of the structure. The original structure was built in 1928, with an addition added in the 1950s. The building contains asbestos, and would require renovation to become a usable structure.

Broadwell said the pool of potential buyers for very large, older buildings that need restoration is limited and sometimes it takes a great deal of time to find a good match and to have everything work out in everyones best interest.

An attempt to secure a Restore New York grant to renovate the facility failed in 2006. Broadwell said school officials would discuss applying for the grant again this fall.

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should contact the school at 963-4456, ext. 204. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 6-8 p.m.

We have had great support from our community and we certainly hope anyone that might be interested in serving on this committee to call our office with their name. We certainly appreciate everyones commitment to our school district, said Broadwell.

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