In a move that may further decrease the Tonawanda City School District’s footprint, the Board of Education continued to discuss the future of its central building during its meeting Tuesday night.
The central building has been used mainly during the last several years as a storage site. The Historical Society of the Tonawandas rents space in the building but is working to move out by Jan. 1.
District Facilities Director Paul C. Maziarz said he’s working on moving archives and records, as well as additional computers and furniture stored in the building.
“The only plan I have at the present time is to reduce [equipment] as much as possible,” Maziarz said.
The board also asked questions of Realty USA representative Ed Wood about marketing the building. The district used the company to sell the closed Highland Elementary School and former administration building on Broad Street, properties that were auctioned off last year.
However, the Highland property is back on the market after a plan by People Inc. to develop the building into low-income housing fell through.
Board member Sharon R. Stuart peppered Wood with questions about Highland and the potential marketing of the central building.
“The last developer was, despite his best efforts, unable … to find a tenant [for Highland],” said Wood, who would market the central building to developers through the Internet and direct mailings.
Superintendent Whitney K. Vantine recruited Realty USA because of the company’s experience marketing the Highland building, but some board members questioned whether to open the process to other realty agents.
Stuart noted that Realty USA ultimately let the Highland building go to auction below market price.
“We have to know what else is out there,” said board President Jackie A. Smilinich.
The board may consider further action on selling the central building at its Oct. 23 meeting.