The former Linnaeus West Elementary School in West Corners may soon house an education-focused business incubator.

Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]The Union-Endicott School District is exploring new uses for the facility which has been utilized as a temporary site for Owego Elementary School classes since the 2011 flood.

The new Owego school is scheduled to open in January. The Owego-Apalachin School District is expected to completely vacate the West Corners school by February 1.

Union-Endicott superintendent Suzanne McLeod said the district has been working with Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Community College to develop a business incubator at the site.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, McLeod said the town of Union economic development office also is involved in the planning for the facility.

The superintendent said the district would provide space to young, local businesses looking for a location to grow.

The incubator would provide the opportunity for student internships and professional development for the school district's staff.

While the planned incubator would occupy part of the old school building, the district hopes to use other sections of the structure for some special education programs.

McLeod said there also is a plan to utilize the school for alternative educational opportunities for middle and high school students.

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