KITTANNING (KDKA) — If you’re interested in buying an old high school, you might be in luck, depending on what’s decided in Armstrong County.
The fate of three old schools is being debated.
Students from Ford City High School, Kittanning Junior High and Kittanning Senior High all moved into a brand new $55 million school this fall.
So the big question at the school board meeting Thursday night was: what to do with those old school buildings?
Results of a survey were made public that shows people do not want the buildings torn down to become parking lots. They also don’t want them to house bars or nightclubs. And they don’t want them to sit abandoned.
They would like office space or housing to be developed.
An analysis presented by Fourth Economy in Pittsburgh suggests housing for senior citizens might be the most marketable idea.
But one woman who spoke at the meeting didn’t think that was forward thinking: “If we’re going to use the buildings to keeping something that’s status quo, an aging population, then what’s going to happen to the school district?”
Items inside both Ford City High and Kittanning Junior High have already been auctioned off. An auction at Kittanning High School is coming up.
Some hope the district acts fast.
“Sell them, get the money back. Get the money into the school district, back for education,” said Sharon Cockroft.