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JOHNSTOWN – The Greater Johnstown School District School Board on Thursday held a special election for the district on August 25 to sell the old Jansen Avenue Elementary School building to the Foothills United Methodist Church.
The board of directors approved in June a contract for the sale of the building at 305 Jansen Ave. at Gloversville Church, but the $ 695.00 deal is not final until approved by district voters.
A proposal will be on a special ballot from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 25 in the auditorium lobby of Johnstown Junior-Senior High on whether to approve the sale of the 31,000-foot building. squares.
The board of directors voted Thursday night at the Knox Building to conduct the special election. Council members also decided to issue a negative statement as part of the state’s environmental quality review process. The declaration means that the proposed action will not have a significant impact on the environment.
The Johnstown School System closed the old Jansen Avenue Elementary School on June 30, 2009 due to declining enrollment and financial reasons. Since then, the district has tried to sell it for several years, but to no avail. HFM BOCES had been using the building for its P-TECH program for several years.
But the Foothills United Methodist Church at 17 Fremont Street is looking for a new space for the church.
In 2005, the congregations of Fremont Street United Methodist Church (now the Foothills Building), Gloversville United Methodist Church, and Johnstown First United Methodist Church were combined. A covenant was made to build a new church.
A new church began with the construction of Route 30A and Kingsboro Avenue is located next to the current Burger King restaurant. But the project suffered a combination of unfortunate issues such as declining funds, the death of former pastor Wayne Jones and ultimately the COVID-19 pandemic. At one point, the proposed project soared to $ 10 million.
Now the hull of this Route 30A structure is for sale.
The plan now is to close the church building on Fremont Street and have the congregation pray in the Jansen building.
Other proposals approved by the Education Council Thursday night that will appear on the August 25 ballots include those involving:
∫ Construction capital reserve fund – authorizing the Board of Education to establish a construction capital reserve fund for the purpose of financing construction and general improvements, reconstruction, renovations or additions to buildings , sports grounds and fields in the district, including the work site and the acquisition of original furniture, equipment, machinery or appliances necessary for the purposes for which these buildings are to be used. The amount of this fund will be $ 3 million deposited annually in the fund. The probable duration of the fund is 10 years.
∫ Capital Reserve Fund (Bus Purchase) – authorizing the School Board to establish a reserve fund called the Capital Reserve Fund (Bus Purchase) as of September 1, 2021, the purpose of which is to fund the cost of acquiring school buses and vehicles in the years to come; and from the 2021-2022 school year and during each of the following nine fiscal years, deposit in the Reserve Fund for the purchase of buses the amount received from the State as transport assistance and the part of the unallocated fund balance as determined by the Board of Education. The final fund amount is $ 3 million. The probable duration of the fund is 10 years.