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Virtual School

Virtual school moving to Main Street

GREENFIELD — Less than two weeks after a deal with the Arts Block fell through, the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School has signed a lease to move into a second-floor space at 278 Main St., right above the office of attorney Mark E. Salomone.

The 3,000-square-foot space — where cyber school leaders will work, hold meetings and tutor local students — will cost $1,625 per month, including heat, said Ed Berlin, chairman of the school’s board of trustees.

School leaders may be able to move into the space as early as next week. Landlord Paul Viens said that other than some minor paint work, the space is ready to be occupied.

The space includes a reception area, two conference rooms, six interior offices as well as a space that could serve as a testing site, said Viens. The virtual school currently has offices in one large room that makes up the top floor of the Greenfield School Department’s administrative building.

Viens did not respond to the virtual school’s request for proposals last fall. But when a deal with the Arts Block fell through earlier this month, he approached Berlin about the vacant space in his building.

Because the school signed a one-year lease for the space, the total rent will come in at under $20,000. Only deals that are higher than $25,000 need to be put out to bid.

You can reach Chris Shores at: cshores@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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