Lindley-Presho School -End of an Era
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Corning Leader Article
C-PP gets offer for former Lindley-Presho Elementary
Posted Feb. 17, 2016 at 8:17 PM
Posted Feb. 17, 2016 at 8:17 PM
The Corning-Painted Post school board has accepted an offer to sell the former Lindley-Presho Elementary School to a local company, but voters will have to approve the sale in May.
The school board unanimously voted Wednesday to accept an offer of $150,000 for the school, which closed in June 2010.
The 23,145-square-foot building sits on 7.3 acres just off Interstate 99 in Presho, a hamlet in the Town of Lindley.
“This is the first official offer we’ve received and we think the use fits the neighborhood and it will add to Lindley’s tax base,” C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski said.
The potential buyer is Matta Rizkallah, owner of Manufacturing Automation Systems, a company that is currently located near the intersection of Pulteney and Bridge streets in downtown Corning.
The company, which opened in 2006 and moved to its current location in 2011, describes itself on its website as a “control systems integration company which specializes in the custom design and development of automation systems for manufacturing.”
Rizkallah could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment on his plans for the former Lindley-Presho School, but Ginalski said Rizkallah plans to move his company there.
Lindley-Presho was one of two elementary schools closed by C-PP in 2010 as the district began consolidating its schools due to declining enrollment. The Lindley-Presho students were shifted to Erwin Valley Elementary.
In spring 2013, Pyramid Brokerage approached the Lindley Town Board about a developer interested in turning the parcel - located on a side street in a small neighborhood alongside I-99- into a truck stop.
However, there was a backlash from Presho residents who packed a town board meeting and voiced concerns about crime, noise, pollution and a negative impact on property values that a highway truck stop might bring. The plan never came to fruition.
Under state law, a public school district must get approval from voters before selling a building, so a proposition regarding Rizkallah’s recent offer will be placed on the ballot during the May 17 school budget vote, Ginalski said.
The offer is contingent upon Rizkallah getting an updated assessment from the Town of Lindley but Ginalski said he didn’t anticipate that delaying the transaction. If C-PP voters approve, the closing would likely be in July.
The district will renovate and expand its six remaining elementary schools - Erwin Valley, Severn, Carder, Hugh Gregg, Winfield and Calvin U. Smith - over the next five years as part of a $63 million capital project.
The district still has several other buildings on the market.
One is the former Northside Blodgett Middle School on Corning’s Northside, which closed in June 2014 and is currently listed at $595,000.
One of the two boilers in the 1926 school is beyond repair and the other is on its last legs, so Ron Gillespie, C-PP’s director of school facilities and operations, gave the school board some options at Wednesday’s meeting.