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For sale: Elmbrook office building

Amy Montessori may stay for another year

March 23, 2011

If you have $1.4 million and are looking to buy a former school, then Elmbrook School District officials would like to talk to you.

The Elmbrook School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to list its Central Administration Office for sale with MLG Commercial, paving the way for a sale of the aging building and its surrounding property.

However, any sale would still need the approval of Elmbrook residents - possibly coming during the district's annual meeting in September - and district officials said the sale itself could take up to two years.

Options for move coming

Elmbrook officials and School Board members want to move out of the current administrative office building on the northeast side of Brookfield, citing excess space and long-term repair work that needs to be done on the site.

A study team comprised of district officials and community members is examining relocation options, including moving to other district-owned buildings, leasing commercial office space or even building a new facility.

That group is expected to narrow the list to one or two options and present them to the board in the coming months.

"The board's been committed to exiting the building for some time," Board President Tom Gehl said. "That said, we don't know where we're going to put this function.

"I am certain there is no board support whatsoever for building any kind of new facility. I'm quite certain of that."

Amy Montessori needs space

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Keith Brightman said the study group will now take a closer look at the available space in the Central Administration Office and determine what would be the best method to accommodate the storage space, conference rooms and technology and server space the district needs.

"We're trying to draw the line at what the need is and not go beyond that," he said.

Amy Montessori School, which is housed in part of the district's North Avenue facility, had planned to move into new space but has not been able to finalize those arrangements yet. Brightman said the district could consider extending the lease, due to expire this summer, for another year, which would bring in additional rental revenue for Elmbrook.

NEXT STEP

WHAT: Finance and Operations Committee discussion about extending lease for Amy Montessori School at North Avenue facility

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. April 11

WHERE: Central Administration Office, 13780 Hope St.

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