January 2, 2013 —
An agreement has been reached by the Sullivan West School Board to sell the shuttered Delaware Valley School building and campus to Emily Wu for $1.16 million. The board voted five to two to go ahead with the deal at a meeting two weeks ago.
Wu was first mentioned as a buyer back in September in a presentation by Nora Manzolillo, who said that Wu owned a private school in Queens and had made a verbal offer to buy the facility for $950,000. Wu’s plans also included purchase of additional acreage adjacent to the school because she intended to build a dormitory on it.
That parcel, however, had been sold to Richard Winter several months prior to the presentation. A deal has reportedly also been reached between Wu and Winter to accommodate Wu’s need.
Manzolillo, who was working with attorney John Hector, said at the time, “There is a great call for students from China to come here to be educated in the United States.” Wu was working with an investor from China who visited the property. Manzolilo said, “We’ve seen their financials; they have the money.”
The facility Wu owns in Queens is called The Windsor School, and a paragraph on its website says, “The United States has the best universities for business, science, engineering, art, and many other fields of study. There are many university places available in the United States. Every Windsor graduate has been admitted to one or more American universities.”
The school did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
No contract for the deal has been signed yet, but school board officials hope to have a contract ready for signatures by next month.
Twelve-and-a-half million dollars were spent to renovate the Delaware Valley School and the Narrowsburg School in 2003. With declining enrollment, the two schools were then closed in 2005. With the district spending thousands of dollars each year to keep the schools heated and maintained, a decision was made in the fall of 2011 to drain the heating systems and shutter the two facilities.