The Orchard Park Central School District will be looking to sell its former Baker Road school through a real estate agent, Superintendent Matthew P. McGarrity said.
The Town of Orchard Park was interested in buying the building for a senior citizens center, then as a combined senior/community center. The district gave the town a deadline of last week to present an offer on the site, and the Town Board decided not to buy it.
“We were prepared to move forward either way,” McGarrity said.
Orchard Park senior citizens had asked the Town Board in February to buy the school, which would afford more room than the senior center on Linwood Avenue. The town had been discussing it on and off until last week.
Supervisor Janis A. Colarusso said the board talked about the school during an executive session last week. Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Education Services rents some classrooms in the school, she said, and to add a senior center or community center would require costly renovations, including a separate kitchen and eating area, as well as more parking.
The school was built for elementary students in 1976, and it housed the district administrative offices in addition to the BOCES program. The school district administrative offices moved into a building the district bought and refurbished on Southwestern Boulevard in West Seneca.
The town looked into the engineering of the building and had it appraised.
“I can’t tell you what the appraisal is,” the supervisor said.
She said the next step for the town is to decide what should be put into a new community center.
Meanwhile, the school district will be taking offers on the 25-acre property, which includes a small wetland area.