York City School District sells 2 buildings; one to house private school

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

The York City School District recently rid itself of two vacant former school buildings.

Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church recently purchased the former Roosevelt School on Eberts Lane and Wallace Street in York City. It hopes to move its school, currently on Poplar Street, to the Roosevelt property by next fall.

Board members unanimously approved the sale of the former Roosevelt School, on Eberts Lane at Wallace Street, as well as the former Duke Street Alternative school building, located in the 200 block of South Duke Street, at a meeting  Dec. 20.

The Roosevelt property was sold for nearly $166,000, and the Duke Street Property sold for about $70,000.

York City school board President Margie Orr said the properties had been vacant for years and were used mostly for storage.

While it is unclear what will become of the Duke Street property, the former Roosevelt School will be the new home of the Tidings of Peace Christian School, a small private school currently located at 329 E. Poplar St.

The former Roosevelt School on Eberts Lane and Wallace Street, is in need of repairs as broken windows and vandalized doors currently defile the building.

Principal Clayton Shenk said the school's current arrangement has classrooms at both the school building and the Tidings of Peace Mennonite Church building.

The Christian school’s new home will provide a singular spot for educational activities along with a gymnasium and an acre of land for outdoor activities, Shenk said.

The Roosevelt school was built in 1931 and has an occupancy of about 170.

Tidings of Peace school officials had been looking for a new home for two and a half years, according to Shenk. Negotiations to acquire the building from the York City School District were going on before the school won a sealed bid for the property last month.

Currently, the Tidings of Peace school has 44 students in grades K-12, but the school’s future home will allow enrollment of more than 100 students, Shenk said.

Depending on volunteer help, the school might open at its new home by the start of the next school year, though the building currently has broken windows and defaced sides around its perimeter.

No matter the state, Shenk said he was delighted to take the school off the district’s hands.

“We’re very, very happy with the purchase,” Shenk said.

Reach education reporter Junior Gonzalez at jgonzalez@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @EducationYD.