Kane Manufacturing to buy Chestnut Street school

The Kane Manufacturing Corporation (Kane Screens) has submitted a high bid of $100,002 for the purchase of the former Chestnut Street Elementary School in Kane.The school board voted 8-0 Thursday to accept the offer for the building, which closed following the 2009-10 school year.Board President Dave Westerburg joined with board members Dick Coleman, Mark Paup, Larry Lamping, Stephanie Eckstrom, Ed Kocjancic, Gary Ziegler and Ken Kane in approving the sale. Board member Harry Steele did not attend the meeting at the middle school auditorium.The board authorized Warren attorney Chris Byham, who is the school district solicitor, to take legal action to close the deal for the sale of the building. The board also authorized other school officials to follow through with the sales agreement.The school board called for bids to sell the property with a deadline of last Monday. The only other bidder was George Duncan of Missouri, school officials said. He bid just $10,000."We're really pleased with the outcome," Westerburg said in commenting on the sale of the former school building. "We're retaining a community asset and putting the property on the tax rolls. It's a 'win-win' situation."Kane Manufacturing operates production facilities at two Kane sites-- one along North Fraley Street near Rite Aid and one along Wetmore Avenue near the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The company also has links with facilities in Erie.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 10 edition of The Kane Republican.