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A former school sold; another on the selling block

April 21, 2014

The New Berlin School District accepted offers totaling nearly $2 million for two former school properties at a special meeting Tuesday, April 15.

However, the sale of Glen Park Elementary School, 3500 S. Glen Park Road, will need approval from the electorate. A special meeting of the electorate has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the New Berlin West Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., to vote on the sale.

The sale of the former Little Grove Elementary property, 3800 S. Racine Ave., already has electorate approval.

Heritage Christian Schools has offered $1,750,000 for the Glen Park property. The board accepted the offer subject to approval by the electorate. Glen Park closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year because the School Board felt the district had excess capacity at the elementary school level and to save money.

The board accepted an offer of $195,000 from Krish Narayanan for the Little Grove property.

Sale proceeds will be used to complete projects in the district's long-range facilities plan.

Glen Park closed at the end of the 2011-12 school year due to what the School Board viewed as excess elementary school capacity and to save money.

"The Board has listened to the concerns of the Glen Park neighborhood," School Board President Dave Maxey said in a news release announcing the accepted offers. "We are pleased at the opportunity to preserve this property as a school and are hopeful that community members will support the sale."

"I think we got a pretty fair price," said veteran board member Art Marquardt who will leave the board in the next few days. There was hope that a developer would buy the 10 acres and build 10 homes there, but he said: "Nobody was interested in doing residential.

"We didn't get any bite at all. There were some people who kicked the tires a little but there was no substantial offer. That surprised me a little," noting that 10 houses were built on the old Elmdale School site years ago.

Marquardt said he's glad the potential sale came before the building could start deteriorating. He also predicted that the Heritage Christian School would be a good addition to the neighborhood.

"I'm sure they'll be good neighbors. They'll keep it clean and they'll keep it quiet," he said.

The district is not participating in any financing arrangements, he said. The board had worked with city officials to see if there could be a shared use for it. But those explorations didn't yield fruit, he said.

NEXT STEP

WHAT: meeting of electorate to vote on selling the former Glen Park Elementary School

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday, May 12

WHERE: New Berlin West Middle/High School Idea Center, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.

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