Tulsa school board OKs sale of vacant school building
BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
9/05/12 at 7:51 AM
The Tulsa school board has given the go-ahead to sell another vacant school building.
At a Tuesday evening meeting, the board also appointed Bobbie Gray, a former, longtime member to fill out the unexpired term of District 4 representative Anna America, who recently resigned.
The nonprofit Tulsa Children's Coalition now has approval to buy the former Mayo Demonstration School building, at 2525 S. 101st East Ave., for $780,000.
The coalition's partner, the Community Action Project of Tulsa County, plans to operate an early childhood education center there for children from birth to age 4 and their families.
"It's just an attractive location for us because we serve a lot of families and children in east Tulsa," said Joanne Lucas, chief financial officer for the coalition and the Community Action Project.
"We will start working with our team to make any interior modifications that are needed, but right now, we have no timeline for opening."
As part of the ongoing Project Schoolhouse efficiency initiative, the Mayo school relocated this summer to the former Wilson Middle School building, at 1127 S. Columbia Ave.
Mayo is a sought-after elementary school, and the move to a larger facility will allow for its gradual expansion over several years to accommodate more students.
The Tulsa Children's Coalition initially bid $900,000 for the old Mayo property, but that included $200,000 for Tulsa Public Schools to install fire-suppression equipment that is necessary to meet state regulations for the operation of an early childhood facility.
Tulsa Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Trish Williams said the final price did not include the equipment.
Original Print Headline: TPS board OKs sale of Mayo site
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Bobbie Gray: The former longtime member will fill the unexpired term of District 4 representative Anna America, who resigned