Deal in Place to Buy Historic Kasson School

Created: 12/13/2013 6:38 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The historic Kasson school may have found new life.

The building, which was built in 1918, has been empty and deteriorating for the past decade. Griselda Cuomo and Linda Jerviss, who wish to save the school from demolition, were given the rights to the building Wednesday night.  

Cuomo said, “It's one of the only things we have left from the past."

In a settlement with the city, the ladies have to raise $240,000 dollars by June 1st or else the building will be city property once again.

Their attorney, Anthony Moosbrugger, noted the significance of the old school.

"There’s few historic buildings left in throughout, especially in the community of Kasson, probably the most prestigious building in Kasson."

But prestige doesn’t change the fact that the building is not up to either the city’s building code or the fire marshal’s code.

Said city administrator Randy Lenth, "We started to realize that the building was going to cost way too much to renovate and it was deteriorating. All the roofs leaked, it was in very poor shape."

Lenth says that the building needs to be either renovated or demolished.

Said Lenth, "There's a lot of ideas, a lot of people dreaming of what could happen to this building, unfortunately it takes money to do it."

If the money that the ladies need to come up with does not get raised, the building will most likely be demolished. However, Cuomo still dreams of what the old school could become.


Said Cuomo, "How great would it be to have this as the kindergarten and day care and put it back to what it was used for, school."

The judge has yet to sign off on the settlement.