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MAP interested in school properties
by Jebb Johnston
Jan 14, 2014 | 287 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mississippi Action for Progress has joined the groups seeking to use one of the three vacated elementary school properties.

In a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday afternoon, Regional Administrator Deborah Cooper said MAP is interested in combining the Corinth and Kendrick Head Starts into one facility at the East Corinth campus. She believes it would provide “a more comfortable setting” for the students. Enrollment is 56 at Kendrick and 57 at the Corinth center on Bell School Road, which is in a modular unit.

The board is looking at selling portions of the properties that would not be used by the interested groups, such as the south portion of the East Corinth property, where homes could be built.

Actions that came from the meeting are for three aldermen to negotiate with MAP for a lease of the East Corinth property and to hire someone to subdivide the property; for three aldermen to negotiate with the Easom Outreach Foundation on a lease for the South Corinth property and to look at subdividing certain areas; and to explore the need for the West Corinth property to be rezoned due to the cultural significance of the land.

Samuel Crayton, chairman of Easom Outreach, said the group’s feeding program has grown to 39 participants. Easom has operated out of the South Corinth building since last April. In response to the possible sale of parts of the South Corinth property, he said the appearance of the property does matter, and he is concerned the sale of any parcels along Cass Street would leave the group looking at the back of more fast food restaurants.

Tom Bundy, superintendent of Shiloh National Military Park, said the park service’s interest is as strong as ever in the West Corinth property, which includes battlefield land. Alderman Ben Albarracin wants a timeframe for action on the property, saying he doesn’t want to see the property go to the Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and then sit idle for 10 years.

How the properties are disposed is one of the challenges for the city. Attorney Wendell Trapp said there are very limited circumstances in which the property may be donated.

The city is also concerned about whether the interested groups are going to have the financial resources to be able to maintain the properties.

North Corinth Christian Academy also previously expressed interest in the East Corinth campus.

The Corinth School District began moving old desks and other items out of the schools on Tuesday and putting the items in a warehouse. The district will likely take bids on the items.

The quit-claim deed has been signed and all utilities turned off at the East and West campuses.
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