Delray Beach starts search for new management at Old School Square

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DELRAY BEACH — Delray Beach has officially begun the search for a new organization to run Old School Square, the popular plaza, theater and cultural arts center.

The city said it’s looking for organizations with “appropriate qualifications, experience, financial capacity and a proven track record of executing best in class campus operations and management services.” The bidding process opened Monday and will run for 60 days, ending Dec. 17.

A spokeswoman for Old School Square’s former management said they did not intend to reapply.

The bidding process comes after a bitter fight between city officials and Old School Square’s management.

Mayor Shelly Petrolia accused the organization of mismanagement.

Old School Square’s management said at the time that the termination of their lease was “truly a shock,” and that the decision was made based on “inaccuracies.”

Little Wolf ceramics tent is seen during the Spring Art on the Square 2019 presented by the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square in Delray on Sunday February 10, 2019.

Little Wolf ceramics tent is seen during the Spring Art on the Square 2019 presented by the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square in Delray on Sunday February 10, 2019. (Jennifer Lett/South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Much of the opposition seemed to stem from fears that the Old School Square itself could disappear, but Petrolia said that the center itself is not in jeopardy. She just wants a different organization to run it.

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