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Board to Discuss Possible Sale of Ruschin School

The Newark Unified School Board will also discuss the contract it has with the city about MacGregor fields.

The Newark Unified School Board will hear two presentations tonight that could bring changes to the district's holdings in the community.

The two separate items are the contract between the district and City of Newark regarding MacGregor and the possible sale of Ruschin School.

Ruschin was built in the mid-1970s and is made up of three buildings:

  • A 33,004-square-foot building full of administrative offices and classrooms
  • A 6,414-square-foot multi-use facility
  • A 962-square-foot restroom building

The campus also includes portable classrooms and restrooms that were built between 1987 and 2010. According to the California Department of Education, Ruschin Elementary closed its doors in June 1989 after serving students for nearly nine years.

The board will also hear from staff about a contract made in 1987 between the district and the City of Newark about the leasing of MacGregor fields.

Newark Unified School District currently leases the fields to the City of Newark for $1.00 per year, indefinitely, according to district documents.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district office, 5715 Musick Ave. See the full agenda in the media gallery above.

Mona Taplin November 13, 2012 at 09:03 PM
To have built this school at tax payer expense and then only used it for school for 9 years was a waste of tax dollars. I say sell it, or start collecting a fair rent for it's use.
James Nelson November 13, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree Mona! Somebody should be putting this place to work and bringing in some of that much needed cash to further (Insert Names) Agenda. Obviously it would be better to just sell it outright to some Buyer or Developer, but Leasing it out would probably get the Owner more Money. Whatever happens don't just let it sit and rot until it's no longer useful to anybody.
Geoff Burton November 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I think the operational time line is incorrect and the school was in use longer than stated and the value of the property is no doubt more than the original cost.
Geoff Burton November 14, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I believe it's currently being rented to the groups noted in the article .
Scott Rhoades March 26, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I started at Ruschin in 1966--definitely not the mid-1970s.

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