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U-E to Open Alternative School, Business Incubator. Eyes $10 Million

By Jason Weinstein.
A new life for an old building could mean a new era of learning in the Union-Endicott district.

The district will transform the Linnaeus W. West Elementary School building for three new purposes: a school for special education students, an alternative high school, and a business incubator. Binghamton University will offer support to the District on the incubator. Any business using the space will have to allow U-E High School students to intern.

The district is also applying for a five-year, $10 million XQ Super School Project grant, funding established by the widow of Steve Jobs to help transform american high schools.

McLeod says the project - Tiger Ventures - will move forward regardless of winning the grant. Incubator space should be available in March. 8th- and 9th-grade students should attend the alternative school next fall. Currently the building is being used as an elementary school by the Owego-Apalachin District until it's new elementary school opens in January.