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Ed’s flint board. vote to sell 13 vacant school properties, potentially more

Flint, MI—The Flint Community School Board voted to sell 13 of the district’s vacant properties during a workshop session on June 16, 2022.

The council also decided it would start accepting proposals for the chosen properties on July 1, 2022 and placed four more properties on a ‘potentially sold’ shortlist.

“This is, again, a preliminary to conversations about where we would like to see new schools, schools that we might decide to close,” Flint Community Schools Superintendent Kevin Jones said. in his opening speech. “It’s all part of (this) conversation.”

The objective of the June 16 workshop was to classify vacant real estate in the Flint Community School district into three categories: “keep”, “maybe keep” and “sell” – to Thrun Law Firmwhich supports the district’s work to unload its chosen vacant properties.

Jones presented to the board the administration’s recommendations for each category, which he said were determined with a focus on location and future vision.

“We didn’t want to put ourselves in a situation where we get rid of all our properties, and then we have no more room to build,” Jones said. “If we’re looking to the future, we really need to start thinking about having our students in central locations.

The vacant King Elementary School in Flint on Sept. 13, 2021. King is one of 13 vacant properties the Flint School Board voted to put up for sale on June 16, 2022. (KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat)

Jones shared a “heat map” of where FCS scholars currently reside and proposed that the administration’s recommendations consider not only where schools are currently located, but also where they are located to better serve these pockets of people. students in the future.

“We need to try to cover the Flint area by putting our schools in central locations,” he said, after noting the general proximity of some vacant properties to areas where students need.

Jones also mentioned that a long-term plan could see some currently open schools closed in order to move FCS scholars to new central campuses, but he stressed that this idea was about “vision” and should not be taken as certain. .

Ultimately, Jones proposed 13 properties that his administration said could be unloaded with the long-term vision of Flint Community Schools in mind: Cook Elementary, Dort Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Johnson Elementary, King Elementary, Lowell Middle School, Manley Elementary, Merrill Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Washington Elementary, Williams Elementary, Wilkins Elementary, and Zimmerman Center.

A “heat map” of Flint Fellow locations shared during a vacant property workshop on June 16, 2022. (Kate Stockrahm | Flint Beat)

“I’m very excited about what you said,” FCS Board Treasurer Laura MacIntyre said in response to Jones’ presentation. “I like the word imagine. I like that we go back and forth between the possibilities of ‘if we do this, then we do that.’ It’s kind of a logical problem.

The Flint Community Schools School Board voted unanimously to sell or lease all 13 properties suggested by the administration. Vice-Chair of the Board McIntosh and Board Member Danielle Green were not present at the workshop.

The administration’s recommendations for the “possibly worth keeping” category were Anderson Elementary, Civic Park Elementary, Cody Elementary, (which is now a vacant lot), and Longfellow Middle School. On the “keep” list were Bryant Elementary, Carpenter Road Elementary and McKinley Middle School.

The vacant Garfield Elementary School in Flint on Sept. 13, 2021. Garfield is one of 13 vacant properties that the Flint School Board voted for sale on June 16, 2022. (KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat).

Jones said the administration did not include any high schools in its discussions because the FCS board had previously said it wanted to keep those properties.

“Now one of the things we need to do is know where the kids are and not just worry about the academics we’re currently serving,” Jones concluded. “That’s our next step so we can then start imagining what we want to do with the ‘cans’ and the ‘maybe’s.”

Philip Clark, of Thurn, confirmed that the law firm could send a request for proposal to the Flint Community Schools website by July 1, 2022. From then on, interested parties will have 60 days to submit their proposals (which will go to Thurn) before they are presented to the school board for review and approval.