Salamanca School District Moves Closer To Sale Of Former School

SALAMANCA – From one educational facility to another. That is where the former Seneca Elementary School will be heading, as the Seneca Nation of Indians is one step closer to moving several programs under the Center Street roof.

The move has been expected for some time. It was anticipated to have happened in December, but, after getting full approval and an executive session to start the meeting, the Salamanca City Central School District Board of Education has given their approval on selling a vacated elementary school building at their regular meeting, Tuesday night.

The Seneca Elementary School, vacated following the 2012-13 school year after being deemed no longer of use by the district, will be sold to the Seneca Nation of Indians, pending voter support at the polls, March 11. The Seneca Nation is expected to use the building as the home of the Early Childhood Learning Center, as well as preschool and daycare operations, according to Robert Breidenstein, district superintendent. The purchase offer made on the school is $950,000.

In March, the Salamanca school district board started to take a look at the need for two elementary schools. After close inspection of several items, determination was made that Seneca was no longer needed as a viable school building within the district, Breidenstein said. Shortly after the determination, discussions between the district and the Seneca Nation started, resulting in the potential sale.

Before the sale can be finalized, the voters of the school district must have their say in a referendum vote. That vote will take place in the gymnasium of the school complex at 50 Iroquois Drive on March 11, from noon until 9 p.m.

“This vote to move a parcel from the district to the Seneca Nation to repurpose is a good thing for every part of the community and the district,” Breidenstein said. “I wish to thank the Seneca Nation of Indians for being such good partners in this process.”

The move is the first in what could lead to a larger consolidation plan for the district.

In a separate resolution, the board gave approval to explore the idea, to include conceptual design, of a single campus, located at 50 Iroquois Drive, and encompassing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The move would call for the closure of Prospect Elementary School, but is only a consideration at this time, according to Breidenstein. The plans that come about from the conceptual design would dictate potential capital projects throughout the district.