District's Curtiss school sale is set, again
HAMMONDSPORT--The Hammondsport Central School District now expects the sale of the former Glenn H. Curtiss school to developer Jim Keena to close in the first week of December, following a meeting with the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum board of trustees, Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Hammondsport school district Superintendent Kyle Bower said district representatives met with the museum board to get permission for the sale. Cheryl Hudson-Curtiss, relative to Curtiss by marriage, spoke out against the sale of the property in 2013 if the property was to be used for non-educational purposes. Hudson-Curtiss explained the original deed limited the use of the property for educational purposes, while Bower previously added only part of the school building property is listed on the original deed from Lena P. Curtiss Wheeler, wife of Glenn H. Curtiss. The former Curtiss school sale was previously expected to close by early January, 2014.
"At this time, any and all interest in the parcel of land in question has passed to the museum based on a review of the wills of both Jeanne Curtiss and Glenn Curtiss Jr. (descendants of Glenn H. Curtiss)," said Bower. "After a discussion and presentation of the facts, the museum board of trustees voted unanimously to grant a quitclaim deed to the Hammondsport Central School District for the parcel of land in question. The issue of title insurance is now resolved. The deed was signed at that time and now all relevant documentation has been sent to the buyer's attorney by the district. There are no longer any outstanding issues."
Bower added the district expects the sale will close sometime during the first week of December. He said, "We are very pleased that the museum acted so quickly in the best interest of the school district and community."
In other business:
• The board ratified the agreement with the Hammondsport Teacher's Association through June 30, 2018.
• Renee Meeks was appointed as on-call substitute nurse at the rate of $80 per diem, substitute teaching assistant at the rate of $70 per diem, and substitute non-instructional aide at the rate of $60 per diem for the 2014-15 school year.
Bethany Leggett was appointed as tutor at the rate of $24 per hour, while Linda French was appointed as substitute cleaner, at the rate of $9 per hour.
• The board approved paying the 2014 New York State School Board Association dues of $5,162.
The next regular Hammondsport school board meeting is set for Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.