The Northridge Board of Education officially turned over the keys of the Hartford Elementary School building to the village of Hartford on Monday evening, during a board of education meeting.

The Northridge Board of Education officially turned over the keys of the Hartford Elementary School building to the village of Hartford on Monday evening, during a board of education meeting.

Hartford mayor Jim Piper said the village hopes to make the building a center for the community.

"We hope to improve the ball diamonds and make it available to the NYAA (Northridge Youth Athletic Association)," he said. "We already have T-ball scheduled there three nights this week. We hope to make it a place for the community to enjoy. We're thankful the board gave us the opportunity."

Superintendent John Shepard said the district had three available options after vacating Hartford Elementary.

"It has to be offered to a charter school," he said. "We did not have that option. Secondly, you have to offer it to a public entity. And third, it can be sold at private auction."

The village of Hartford was quick to approach the district concerning the future of the building, according to Shepard.

"We found someone who could take it over for the future benefit of the community that built the building," he said.

The board originally approved a resolution in February to sell the Hartford Elementary School and its grounds to the village of Hartford for $6,001.

The resolution stated the building and grounds would be an asset to the greater Hartford community "for recreation, entertainment and other uses."

Board member Brent Garee said he's a proud product of the Hartford school.

He noted the village approached the district as soon as they knew it would be available.

"We're selling it back at cost, and we're confident the village will do good things with that property," Garee said.

The Northridge school district closed Hartford and Homer elementary school buildings after the 2007-08 academic year.

Northridge restructured the district to house K-3 grades at Northridge Primary in Alexandria, and 4-5 grades at the Intermediate modular building that is now part of the Northridge main campus.