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City board mulls fate of old schools
by Jebb Johnston
Sep 23, 2013 | 43 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth Board of Mayor and Aldermen is trying to keep the South, East and West Corinth school properties out of the city’s hands.

In a special meeting Monday, the board voted to seek an attorney general’s opinion on whether the city can relinquish the reverter clause which has come to light as the Easom Outreach Foundation attempts to take over the South Corinth campus. The reverter clause in the deed of each school states that when the property stops being used as a school, it returns to city ownership.

The board also voted to undo a motion it made in a recent meeting when a contract with Easom Outreach was presented. For several years, Easom Outreach has been working toward creating a community center at the South Corinth campus.

The board is concerned the properties will become a drain on the taxpayers. Concerns have also been voiced about whether Easom Outreach can afford to maintain the South Corinth campus.

School board President Ann Walker told the mayor and aldermen that she is not in favor of seeing the South Corinth campus sold.

“I’d like to see them try to make a go of it,” said Walker.

Alderman Ben Albarracin said he wants more information on the Easom Outreach Foundation’s plans.

If East Corinth and West Corinth are sold, the board is also concerned about protecting the integrity of those neighborhoods. Superintendent Lee Childress said the school district shares that concern.

Recent inquiries suggest the East Corinth property could sell easily, Childress said. A prospect is interested in the West Corinth campus but does not have the funding for it.

The school district vacated the three campuses upon the opening of Corinth Elementary School on Droke Road.
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