By Rob Glidden
The Board of Education formally returned their former headquarters at 49 Beecher Street to the town after a unanimous vote during its last meeting.
The century-old building has been home base for school administrators for many years, but is now vacant as the district’s management has moved into the new North Center municipal building. There was initial discussion among town officials about the building being leased to a private buyer but no offers have been reported.
“Our use of Beecher Street has ended,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi. “Everything that was needed has been taken. The building is in move-in condition for any new prospective buyer.”
Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski is expected to finalize the action by writing a formal letter to Town Manager Garry Brumback. Board member David Derynoski asked if the board was still responsible for maintenance and energy costs for the building. Erardi said that it was his understanding that the school board would relinquish those costs along with the rest of the site.
During the last few meetings of the Town Councilor, Councilor John Barry has spoken about the need for more senior housing in Southington. He has suggested the Beecher Street property as a way to provide this, but no official action has been taken.
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