JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District has no immediate plans following the 32-vote rejection by district voters last week of a building purchase for its Facilities Department.
The district also doesn’t immediately appear worried about a future home for the department.
“We can still stay at Crescendoe Road,” Board of Education President Scott Miller said Monday.
He said the district doesn’t have any immediate plans to look at another building.
“We don’t have anything intended,” Miller said. “In the next month, we’ll look at other options.”
The Facilities Department – the district’s buildings and grounds operation minus buses -is currently housed at a rented building at 20 Crescendoe Road. The district has leased it for several years from the Crossroads Incubator Corp. But the CIC last October sold the property to Patch Holdings of Fultonville for $200,000.
District officials decided to look elsewhere, conducting a public proposition vote Thursday. Proposition 1 for the purchase of 2.7 acres of real property located at 2 Industrial Park Road in the city failed by a vote of 272 in favor and 304 opposed.
Miller said the board’s Facilities Committee will meet in the immediate future to discuss the issue, and the full board will meet in regular session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Warren Street Elementary School.
If Proposition 1 had been approved, the district would have purchased the 28,000-square-foot building for $625,000. The district now rents its building from Patch Holdings to store equipment such as snow blowers and lawn mowers, and bulk supplies such as extra desks. It also has administrative offices. J.F. Daley International of St. Louis, Mo. is the current main occupant.
The district was prepared to use $85,000 from the Construction Capital Reserve Fund and $10,000 from the General Fund. The district had planned to borrow another $530,000 in serial general obligation bonds for the acquisition.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected].