At its meeting last night, the board approved selling the Cedar Run Elementary School building at 850 Lisburn Road in Lower Allen Twp. to Al-Huda Inc. of College Park, Md., for $1.6 million.
There already is an Al-Huda School PA in Lower Allen Twp.
While Al-Huda school representatives were not available for comment, the organization says on its website, that it is committed to establishing a full-time Islamic school in the Harrisburg area.
The Lower Allen school originally opened in 2009 on Rana Villa Avenue, offering classes for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students.
West Shore School District officials said they believe the building will be used for educational purposes.
The Al-Huda School PA?s website states that the school is committed to ?sharing the message of Islam through sincere action, by developing a model Islamic school based upon and adhering to the teachings of the Qur?an and Sunnah,? and offers a standards-based curriculum.
Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland (pictured), provides classes for kindergarten through 12th grade, according to its website. No information was available Thursday as to whether class expansion is planned for the midstate school.
West Shore School District officials said the sale of the property could conclude within six months.
According to the website for the Maryland-based organization, which uses the name Dar-us-Salaam on the site, meaning ?the Abode of Peace,? the organization reaches out to all faiths.
?Dar-us-Salaam aims to be a place to which we can invite Muslims and non-Muslims alike to the peace and calm of knowing Allah,? the website reads.
Cedar Run was closed in 1984 but was leased to the Capital Area Intermediate Unit until about three years ago. The district had considered turning the former elementary school into a school for at-risk and gifted students who need specialized study.
Refurbishing Cedar Run would have cost the district $300,000 a year for 10 years, school officials have said.
At one point, there were some thoughts about trying to change the school property?s zoning from single-family residential to multifamily residential, which would have allowed apartments.
In the wake of the pending sale, those rezoning attempts appear to have been scrapped. An April 23 public hearing on the district?s request for a zoning change has been canceled.