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Lockport School Board to decide Wednesday on selling closed school

LOCKPORT – The Lockport City School District has received “at least one” offer to buy the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School, Assistant Superintendent Deborah A. Coder said Friday.

Friday was the deadline for purchase offers to be received, but Coder said they would not be disclosed until Wednesday, when the Board of Education is to review them in executive session.

In a public session the same night, Coder said, the board will decide whether to seek approval for the sale of the Rogers Avenue school from voters by placing a proposition on the May 20 district ballot. Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley has pledged voters will know the buyer, price and proposed use before they go to the polls.

The two-story school was closed in June 2013 as part of the continuing consolidation of Lockport schools caused by declining enrollment. The district has shut four elementary schools in recent years, although it reused two of them and turned a third over to Niagara County Head Start.