On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Central Valley School District residents will go to the polls to consider the sale of the Remington school building to Herkimer BOCES. BOCES has rented Remington since the merger.
Central Valley voters will actually be asked to vote on two separate propositions. The first would authorize the district to sell the building to BOCES. This would be decided by a simple majority of resident voters.
The second would authorize BOCES to purchase the building. Voters in all eight Herkimer BOCES component districts will vote on the same proposition, to be decided by a simple majority of all combined voters. Herkimer BOCES has posted information on the decision to seek the purchase on its website.
Both propositions would have to pass to authorize the sale/purchase.
The Central Valley Board of Education voted 7-0 at its meeting on July 5, approving the vote (Note: The original date had been set as Oct. 11, but was changed to Nov. 14 following a vote of the Herkimer BOCES board).
Under the proposal, Central Valley would sell the building to BOCES for one dollar.
“The sale frees Central Valley of the obligation for caring for the building. It would end our role as ‘landlord,'” said Central Valley Superintendent Rich Hughes.
He noted a recent water line break under the concrete floor and a fire alarm as examples of the risk of continuing to own the building.
Part of the sale would be an agreement to guarantee Central Valley first refusal of the use of the sports field. Thunder soccer and field hockey teams use the field for practice and games. Some of those games would be relocated to the new CVA multi-use turf field, which is to be ready for the Fall 2018 sports season.
Dr. Hughes said the one-dollar price tag allows the district to transfer the property to BOCES and to continue receiving full building aid for previous work to the Remington building.
Watch for more information about the proposal and the upcoming vote.