LONG BRANCH: The sale of the West End School has hit a snag and the Long Branch School District's oldest school will not be sold to Menachem Learning Institute, also known as Chabad of the Shore.
Long Branch Board of Education (BOE) member Avery grant confirmed that 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.
Menachem had been given consent by the BOE to use the West End School for “after-school religious education as well as pre-school religious education,” according to the resolution passed by the board.
The board has also given Menachem the authority to “evolve into a full-time religious school, kindergarten through eighth grade.”
Menachem had made a $200,000 deposit for the property that will be returned and the school district go out to bid again for the West End School.
Chabad of the Shore applied to the Long Branch Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2012 to build a two-story building containing a 200-seat sanctuary, a 200-person capacity multipurpose room with a kitchen on the second floor, and five classrooms, office space and a room for religious services in the are of the old movie theater, West End Deli and Bagel and Lou’s Uniform’s in West End.
The board denied Chabad’s plan in June, 2013, but the organization appealed the board decision. The appeal is still active and no decision has been made by the courts.
To read more about the district's decision to close the West End School, click here.