Like a foot-dragging ex-boyfriend who keeps promising to move out, the School District has yet to vacate the Glynn Archer School, despite an original July 1 deadline.
The city agreed to a month's extension, until Aug. 1, but this week an assistant city attorney told the City Commission he wasn't certain if that would happen, either.
"There is demolition scheduled for October," City Commissioner Teri Johnston said at a budget hearing this week upon learning the legal title remained in the School District's hands.
Seven weeks ago, the School District hosted an emotional ceremony inside the auditorium of the school, at 1302 White St., billing the event as the official handing-over-the-keys to the city.
But that was purely ceremonial, since renovations to convert the building to City Hall have not started, Schools Superintendent Mark Porter said Thursday.
"We knew that once we started to remove stuff, the building was going to start looking like heck," Porter said.
The only reason for the School District's delay is the time and care required to remove Smart boards, other electronics and items accumulated over decades-long ownership, he said.
"There was more left to do here than we had thought," said Porter. "I know we are spending a lot of time on it, and I'm still hopeful the Aug. 1 date will work. If we're talking about anything, it's days and weeks."
The city of Key West doesn't want to take ownership while the schools' things remain inside the building set for a $17.2 million reconstruction into a grand City Hall, Assistant City Attorney Larry Erskine said Tuesday at the city's budget hearing.
Stuck in the middle of the title transfer, though, is the Key West chapter of the Boys Girls Club, which has called Glynn Archer home for two decades.
The nonprofit, the funds for which the city cut from $25,000 to about $19,000 for fiscal year 2014 as it begins to "phase out" funding, doesn't have a contract or lease with the School District.
"The last we heard was we could stay there during the summer," Executive Director Dan Dombroski said Thursday.
When a huge air conditioning unit recently sputtered out, the nonprofit replaced it with a smaller unit thanks to a private donor, Dombroski said.
"I wasn't going to spend $800 on it," he said.
The Boys Girls Club signed up 134 children in Key West for its summer program, which costs -- at most -- $90 a week for 50 hours of childcare.
Kids get a free breakfast, lunch and two snacks each day.
Dombroski said the program will be fine this year, even with the city's reduction, but he implored commissioners this week to reconsider phasing out the childcare program altogether.
Key West is home to 144 nonprofits, and the city cannot remain the only local source of funding for the kids' program, Johnston said in reply.
She suggested the Lodging Association, Business Guild and other Key West groups start pitching in.
"If you want a community with families, someone's got to be watching those kids every day," Dombroski said.