AMSTERDAM -- Unofficial vote totals show residents in the Greater Amsterdam School District approved the sale of the former Clara S. Bacon Elementary School and its 20.4-acre parcel by a vote of 201-41.
The referendum gives GASD officials authorization to sell the property at 40 Henrietta Blvd. for no less than $224,000, the price the district has agreed to with Thousand Acres Associates, the real estate arm of the Whispering Pines Preschool.
Whispering Pines has operated a preschool for children under 5 at the site under a lease agreement for the last 10 years.
Amy Frank, director of the Whispering Pines program at the Bacon School, issued a statement thanking voters Tuesday night.
"We are so pleased about the outcome and want to thank the Amsterdam community for their support in this endeavor," she said. "This is a big step in the movement toward the purchase and it is exciting that our hopes and dreams for what we know this building and property can be are able to come to fruition."
Whispering Pines has applied for a $190,000 state Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) grant to help pay for the estimated $500,000 to $700,000 in repairs needed at the school, including a new roof. Whispering Pines officials say they have the financing necessary to purchase the building. CFA grants are typically announced in December.
The proposition covered the proposed sale and price, but not the prospective buyer. The referendum vote gives GASD officals the authority to sell the property to any buyer, but Whispering Pines has the right to execute the sales agreement by January of 2020.