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Unatego Central School District

Unatego Reopens RFP For Otego Elementary



Unatego Reopens RFP

For Otego Elementary

Citing “multiple delays,” the Unatego School Board has ended its agreement to sell the former Otego Elementary School to Agzeit. ( photo)

OTEGO – The Otego Elementary School is back on the market.

Citing “multiple delays,” the Unatego School Board announced today it has “terminated” its agreement with AgZeit, the indoor agriculture firm in Endicott, and has reissued its RFP – request for proposals – to find another developer for the school building it decided to sell last year.

$23 Million Unatego School Renovation Plan Unveiling Delayed Until December 2019, Superintendent Says

$23M Plan To Merge

Unadilla Elementary,

High School Delayed

Better ‘Right Than Fast,’ Superintendent Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Unatego School Superintendent David Richards

OTEGO – After a public hearing this week, the Unatego Central School District has delayed a decision from July 1 to December on a plan to convert the middle-high school into a single K-12 campus.

The plan would close the Unadilla Elementary School; the district’s other elementary school, in Otego, was closed in 2017.

“We would rather do the plan right than fast,” Unatego Central School District Superintendent Dr. David Richards said in an interview Thursday.

At a public hearing Wednesday evening, Richards and the school board gave community members a “snapshot of where we are now” in developing a plan to renovate and reorganize the Unatego middle and high school building between Otego and Wells Bridge to accommodate 750 students. It was built originally to serve 450 students.

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