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City school district awaits voter approval before selling Lincoln School

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The Ogdensburg City School District will put Lincoln Elementary School on the market after it closes June 30.

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, members unanimously agreed to have voters authorize the sale of Lincoln Elementary School, 1515 Knox St.

In a city school district, the sale of a building must be approved by voters before the building can be sold, Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said Monday. The vote will coincide with the district’s election on May 20.

The district planned on closing Sherman and Lincoln elementary schools in June 2014, following the completion of a building project at John F. Kennedy Elementary School to make room for those schools’ students.

But Sherman Elementary was closed last year ahead of schedule in hopes of offsetting reductions in state aid and cost increases.

Mr. Vernsey said the sale of Lincoln Elementary will “increase the assessable property base in the city of Ogdensburg and decrease the district’s expenses.”

The school anticipates it will save $11,300 next year with the closing of Lincoln.

Jeffrey R. Swanson, district business manager, said the district will be asking for sealed bids for the sale of the building after the district receives voter approval.

Last year, Lincoln was appraised for $305,000.

Revenue from the sale of the building has not been included in the 2014-2015 budget, Mr. Vernsey said.

Lincoln currently houses kindergarten and first-grade classes. Those students will all attend Kennedy Elementary next year, Mr. Vernsey said.

Lincoln Elementary was built shortly after it was purchased in 1921, Mr. Swanson said.

The building will be maintained until it is sold, Mr. Vernsey said.

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