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Constableville school sale expected to be completed by mid-September

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CONSTABLEVILLE — South Lewis Central School District officials expect to complete the sale of the former elementary school here by the middle of next month.

“I hope it becomes some kind of viable asset to the community,” District Superintendent Douglas E. Premo said.

The Board of Education in June accepted an offer from Matthew A. and Leticia A. Zehr, Martinsburg, to purchase the 12.1-acre former Constableville Elementary School property, with a two-story former school building and small bus garage, for $50,000. Then, after no residents sought to force a public vote through permissive referendum, board members earlier this month gave final approval to the sale.

Since the district plans to use the athletic fields for modified and junior varsity soccer practices and games this year, the board also approved an agreement with the Zehrs that will allow that use to continue throughout the fall sports season, Mr. Premo said.

The Zehrs, who operate a pottery studio and home-school their four children, intend to use a portion of the two-story building as a residence and studio, with hopes to lease other parts of the building for businesses, professional offices or even a bed and breakfast.

The sale is being handled by Good Morning Realty, Lowville.

The move should benefit the school district both by putting the property back on the tax rolls and by eliminating additional maintenance and heating costs at the building.

Citing budget constraints, the Board of Education closed Constableville Elementary School before the 2012-13 school year. Pupils were split between the district’s other two elementary schools in Glenfield and Port Leyden, and fifth-graders were moved from elementary schools to the middle school in Turin.

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