By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — The Riverside Elementary School building, closed since the end of the 2010-2011 school year, will remain a part of the Danville Area School District.
Classes from Riverside, as well as those from the former Mahoning-Cooper and Danville Elementary School buildings, were transferred to Danville Primary School, which first opened its doors at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Danville’s school board discussed the future of the building while reviewing the long-range plans for their facilities during the Jan. 8 work session.
The building is now being used to store district equipment, but it could be employed later for field use.
“The board will then have the decision to auction off what is remaining or possibly donating it,” said district superintendent Cheryl Latorre, in a conversation after the meeting. If the contents are donated, they will likely go to local Catholic groups of Amish schools.
Board members also discussed moving the district’s administration offices from the high school to Danville Elementary School, which is currently serving as classrooms for district seventh- and eighth-graders after the Danville Middle School was damaged during the September 2011 flood.
The elementary school would be an ideal location because it has been renovated for student and faculty use again, Latorre said. She also noted that the building would be ideal to hold school board meetings, which are currently held in the Danville High School cafeteria.
“DES would be perfect because there are some big rooms down there,” Latorre said. A room on the second floor of the Danville Primary School could also be used, she said. In both cases, the hope is to set up a permanent room to be used for meetings instead of having to wheel out tables and set up rows of chairs in the high school cafeteria.
If the administration office moves from the high school, the vacated area might become the building’s new front office, Latorre said.
Extra rooms in the Danville Elementary School could also be rented out to other businesses and community groups once classes return to the Danville Middle School, which is currently under repair.
Latorre said there had been excellent progress on fixing up the middle school, expected to open for next school year.
“It’s on schedule, we’re very excited,” she said.
The Mahoning-Cooper Elementary School sold in late October to T&S Realty for $200,000.