Shaler Area agrees to sale of former elementary school to real estate company; township believed it was buyer

Shaler commissioners were blindsided this week by the announcement that Shaler Area School District reached an agreement to sell the former Jeffery Primary building.

The township believed it had a verbal agreement for the acquisition, Manager Tim Rogers said.

“The district never advised us that they had retracted the offer to monetize the sale of the property,” Rogers said. “We are of course disappointed with the decision of the school board.”

The vacant elementary school building along Wetzel Road was offered for sale by the district to Shaler for $120,000, Rogers said.

The 31,500-square-foot school sits directly across from the municipal building and Kiwanis Park, making it an obvious extension to the complex, he added.

Bethany Baker, district communications specialist, said the district did not have a signed purchase and sale agreement with Shaler Township.

The sale to ANG Real Estate was approved by the school board on Dec. 9 for $499,000. Final approval is subject to review by the district solicitor.

Representatives from ANG Real Estate were not immediately able to be reached for comment.

Superintendent Sean Aiken said the

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‘Statement Home’ in Texas Seeks Buyer in Love With Over-the-Top Design

It sounds like the setup to a hackneyed joke or an off-kilter riddle, but bear with us.

What do you get when a couple of geologists decorate a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house?

Answer: a glitzy, over-the-top 11,500-square-foot mansion in Midland, TX, with exotic taxidermy, safari animal hides, and enough light fixtures to keep the entire neighborhood lit.

Because of the couple’s shared passion for geology, landscaped rocks at the $2.65 million home were sourced from local quarries.

The listing agent, Norma Pine with Pine & Beckett Realtors, tells us that the lavishly decorated residence is on the market only three years after the sellers built it.

She also reports that there are 38 light fixtures in the living room alone—including a chandelier.

Above the kitchen island is a fixture created out of a vintage watering wheel, sourced from a farm. Paired with that innovation is a chef-grade cooking area accented in black, gold, and white. It has two cooking stations, a double-door, see-through fridge, and a custom, handmade hood above the range.

The dining room has walls of inlaid stone, and horns filled with peacock feathers anchor the doorway. Entertaining outside is a breeze, thanks to a covered, outdoor kitchen.


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