SALAMANCA – Voters in the Salamanca City Central School District will have a second proposition on the March 11 special ballot. After extended executive session discussions last week, the board has decided to move forward with purchase of a parcel of land adjoining school property.
According to Superintendent Robert J. Breidenstein, the ballot measure calls for purchasing the parcel, located at 608 Broad St., at a price not to exceed $41,000. The lot, mostly vacant, measures 98.3 feet of frontage on Broad Street, with 80.5 feet of boundary on the district property at 50 Iroquois Drive. The lot, owned by Michael Zarzecki, of Olean, is approximately 380 feet long.
“As of right now, the lot would be used for green space acquisition and future development or use,” Breidenstein said. “We have no specific plan as of now, but if approved, it would factor in the kindergarten-through-12 concept designs currently being explored and planned.”
Also on the ballot will be a proposal to sell the former Seneca Elementary School to the Seneca Nation of Indians for $950,000. The nation has proposed to use the facility for an Early Childhood Learning Center, as well as other educational and office use.
With the district having closed one of its elementary buildings, leaving Prospect Elementary as the only separate campus in the district, Breidenstein and the Board of Education have charged architects with coming up with the conceptual and design phase for a single campus to house all students in the district.