The Central Valley School District Board of Education is looking into the future of the former Remington Elementary School.
Herkimer BOCES currently rents the building, primarily to house its Pathways Academy. BOCES officials have expressed interest in purchasing the property. Although selling the building makes financial sense, Central Valley board members want to weigh all factors before making any decision.
“One concern is that many of our staff and former Remington students have a strong attachment to the school,” said School Superintendent Jeremy Rich.
“They spent years working or learning in that building, so it comes as no surprise that they have great memories. As we move forward, we want to be sensitive to those feelings.”
School officials have spent years looking at different options, but the board wants community members to weigh in.
“The district had considered selling the building to Herkimer BOCES, but residents had concerns and everything was placed on hold,” Rich said.
“We want our community to voice those concerns before we make any plans. We want everyone to understand the pros and cons of whatever course we take. That is especially important, because our Central Valley community would have to vote if we determined that selling the building made the most sense.”
Selling the building would require two separate votes. Central Valley residents would first vote on a referendum to sell the building. They would vote a second time with residents of all Herkimer BOCES school districts on a referendum authorizing BOCES to purchase the building.
The process stops if the board decides not to sell or if voters reject either referendum.
Advisory Committee to explore and recommend
The first step will be to create an advisory committee of community members, school employees, school administrators, and board of education members. The committee will ask questions, explore options, and share their findings with the board of education and the community.
“Some people have asked about alternate uses for Remington and others expressed the need to keep access to Remington’s athletic fields,” said Rich.
“Our goal is for the committee to look into those concerns and anything else. We don’t want to overlook anything.”
The Advisory Committee will meet once in June and once in July, reporting out to the board after each meeting. The board will consider those reports before considering a next step.
Residents or employees interested in serving on the Advisory Committee should contact Board of Education Clerk Marsha Griffith at 315-894-9934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.