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After Unsuccessful Bidding Process, LB School To Be Put Out For Auction

LONG BRANCH: The city school district is trying a different approach in its attempt to sell the Church Street School.

The district has unsuccessfully attempted to solicit bids for the sale of the school twice this year, and Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the new idea is to hire an auctioneer.

"We think we will have a further reach with this approach," Salvatore said. "(The auctioneer's) reach is well beyond New Jersey and it should appeal to different buyers."

The Church Street School, which has been abandoned for a number of years, was built in 1891 and was the home of the North Long Branch School- Primary No. 3.

Salvatore has said the school is in need of major repairs that the district is not looking to make itself.

He said that depending on the success of the auction process, the district may also take the same approach with the West End School, which was taken offline following the 2013-14 school year.

The district did not receive any bids for the school at its July 15 deadline.

Earlier this year, it looked like the district had a deal with Menachem Learning Institute, also known as Chabad of the Shore, but it fell apart after Chabad's lending institution disagreed with the property assessment. Chabad of the Shore's appraisal of the property was lower than the $3.3 million it had agreed to purchase the school for in January, officials said.

Salvatore said the district has not spent much money while attempting to sell the schools and that the only costs incurred so far have been for advertising.

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