Both sides say Clarksville deal close

As budget vote looms, BC still looking for leverage on two empty buildings

— “Residents shouldn’t worry though,” Apple said. “We won’t transfer it into some huge police looking building. A lot of the work people won’t even notice.”

Apple said his hope is to move into the facility by June, with the possibility of paying the district some extra rent to be able to install the new security system and do infrastructure work in May.

Since the building would also house the New Scotland Justice Court, Apple said the town also hopes the deal is finalized soon.

“I’m extremely optimistic,” he said.

90 Adams still on market

The district has also closed its administrative building at 90 Adams Street in Delmar and put it up on the market.

Nolte said by “mothballing” the building — a term for turning off the facility’s power and reducing the heat — about $22,800 will be saved from his operating budget next school year. The district will continue to do upkeep on the building, as well as security and fire monitoring until the building is sold.

Only the offices for the superintendent and assistant superintendent currently remain in the building. All of the business staff were moved in December into an underused area overlooking the high school library.

Nolte said renovations began over the summer in the high school to convert the space into six offices and a meeting room. Construction has since started on the offices for the two superintendents, who will now be located in the high school’s B Wing. The hope is to move them into their new space over the summer.

“The new space is a good fit for them,” said Nolte, adding that between the new superintendent’s offices and the new offices above the library, the space is nearly the same as that of 90 Adams at 6,800 square feet.

Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe said the former administration building is listed at $650,000. If it is sold, Nolte said another $8,500 would be saved annually from his budget.

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