Referendum slated on proposed sale of Salamanca school


The Seneca Nation of Indians wants to create an education center at a Salamanca elementary school that closed in June.

A public referendum regarding the sale of the former Seneca Elementary School to the Seneca Nation of Indians is slated for March 11.

The center’s goal is to expand Early Childhood Learning programs, especially increasing enrollments and implementing Seneca language immersion from infant rooms to pre-K.

“Our goal is to restore Seneca fluency and provide a center of academic distinction for our children in a safe, nurturing environment,” Seneca Nation Treasurer Rodney Pierce said in a news release. “By providing more early childhood learning opportunities for all residents of this region, we are going to enhance the nation’s and Salamanca’s economic vitality, inspire artistic creativity and increase educational excellence overall.”

If approved, the Seneca Arts and Learning Center then would enter the design and architectural phase in late March.