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Cleveland Hill voters approve sale of school

Cleveland Hill School District voters Tuesday approved the sale of the former South Elementary School at 7 Community Dr. to Aspire of Western New York for $900,000.

The school is the building that was built after the wooden annex burned in 1954, killing 15 children, and it contains the safety measures required in building codes brought about because of the fire.

The vote was 79-2 in favor of selling the building to Aspire, an agency serving those with developmental disabilities which has leased the building for about 10 years.

“We have not used the building in approximately 30 to 40 years,” Superintendent Jon T. MacSwan said. “It sat largely mothballed until we leased it to Aspire.”

A building condition survey done by the district identified $4.36 million worth of improvements needed at the property, and since it does not house students, the district would not be able to receive the 87 percent building aid it receives for repairs at schools, MacSwan said.

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