Allegheny Valley School District struggles with future of Colfax Upper Elementary
Allegheny Valley School Board hopes to come to a final decision in October about the future of the now-closed Colfax Upper Elementary School.
The board had planned to make a final decision to sell the building in August.
Among the possibilities being considered, the board could decide to sell the building, demolish all or part of it or find another use for it.
Board member James Gaschler said the public needed ample time to comment on the possibilities.
Board member Donald Rocco felt the new school board that will be seated in December should determine the building’s future.
“The old (current) board will make the decision in October,” said board President Larry Pollick. “We closed the school because we don’t have enough kids in the school district.”
Pollick gave examples of previous school boards making decisions that were carried out by subsequent school boards.
Architects Canzian Johnston & Associates will provide cost estimates for demolishing the entire site and for razing part of the complex when the board meets in October.
Superintendent Patrick Graczyk told board members that the school district has negotiating rights with a potential buyer and the board also can ask the commercial real estate firm CBRE for additional proposals.
Solicitor Matthew Hoffman said there is no sense negotiating if a majority of board members want the building demolished.
“We have an empty building and don’t know what the hell to do with it,” Pollick said. “We know a decision has to be made sooner or later.”
The school board’s October voting meeting is scheduled for Oct. 21.
George Guido is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.