Vote Delayed on Sale of Old Gage East School Building

Created: 05/06/2014 10:55 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- The fate of an old elementary school in Rochester has yet to be decided.   A vote was expected Tuesday night, but board members have delayed a vote on whether or not to sell the old Gage East School Building.

More than a dozen people spoke in favor of selling the empty building to create apartments for homeless families in our community. Just last week, it was the exact opposite. During a public meeting many people living nearby voiced their concerns.

With hundreds of students considered homeless, people do agree something needs to be done. A girl who was homeless her senior year of high school says she sees a need fo more low-income housing.

"I highly encourage it, I mean my family could have benefited from this because rather than moving around for those three months we would have had a stable, safe, secure place to stay,” said Brigitte Benyei of Rochester.

"We're excited that it's continuing to move forward and as I said tonight at the board table, I think it's important that we do wait that two week period to give an opportunity for our community to provide some additional input,” said Michael Munoz, Superintendent of Rochester Public Schools.

Board members also want a little more time to iron out any last details. They plan to vote on the issue during their next meeting on May 20th.