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Olean voters to decide fate of old school

OLEAN – Voters will head to the polls Feb. 4 to decide whether to sell the former Ivers J. Norton Elementary School at 409-421 W. Henley St. to Epic Church, of Olean for $142,000.

The Olean School Board Tuesday approved three resolutions on the sale of the old school, which would be used as a place of worship: a negative environmental-impact declaration, the resolution to proceed with the sale, and designating the referndum. The vote will be held in Olean Middle School.

Epic Church ranked second in the bidding process last January. The church was outbid by Community Bank, which at the time planned to use the school as office space for processing employees. However, the bank withdrew its plans, citing poor economic conditions.

Ivers J. Norton was one of the two school buildings the school district voted to close after the 2011-12 school year. The old Boardmanville school has been sold and is on its way to becoming a medical campus.

Ivers J. Norton is considered historically significant because of its Prairies School design popularized by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and a frieze adorning the building. The school, however, designed by Buffalo architect Edgar Eugene Joralemon.

In other matters, the board:

• Accepted the resignation of Donna Gustason, teacher aide.

• Appointed the folowing: Kimberly Douglas, Gail Hammond and Paul Wenke, AmeriCorps program; Kathryn McLear, part-time teacher aide, 4.5 hours per day at $13.02 an hour; and Melissa Adams, part-time teacher aide, four hours per day at $16.88 an hour.

• OK’d leaves of absence for Shrley Douthit, food service worker, and Jodi Mallory and Jennifer Perry, teacher aides.

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