WCSD eyes school demolition options

Times Observer file photo Attempts to sell two former WCSD Elementary Schools, one in Pleasant Township (above) and the other in Sheffield, have not attracted interested buyers. Operations Director Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht said the usage as storage facilities will continue before further action is taken.

Warren County School District is looking into demolition.

Two of the districts former schools – Pleasant Elementary School and Sheffield Elementary School – have not gotten any attention in terms of buyers and are serving as storage facilities.

That purpose will serve the district for a little longer. According to Director of Operations Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, the space provided by the buildings will be convenient during the renovation of Warren County Career Center.

“All of that equipment has to be evacuated,” Kennerknecht said. “We’ll be using both of those facilities.”

“Sometime, after that, the one that’s in worse condition is Pleasant,” he said.

And, there are more options for Sheffield. “There’s no zoning requirement,” Kennerknecht said. “The facility at Pleasant… there are only certain things that could go in there. At Sheffield, there are more opportunities to reuse the building.”

He said the district has received demolition estimates for the two buildings — $115,000 for Sheffield and $120,000 for Pleasant. That includes asbestos abatement.

Keeping the buildings open costs an estimated $13,000 to $14,000 each per year.

The district does have ongoing storage needs that the closed schools help with.

The board had asked Kennerknecht to investigate the possibility of erecting a simple structure for storage.

“The estimated cost we have for a pole barn, roughly 40-by-40… is $100,000 to $150,000,” he said. The numbers would vary depending on the electrical and heating requirements.