Little Rock School Superintendent Michael Poore
WOODRUFF SCHOOL: An idea to redevelop it for apartments with a community meeting space has been recommended for approal.
released Thursday his recommendations for the sale of the closed Franklin and Woodruff schools
to a health clinic and apartment development, respectively.
Poore recommended the sales to state Education Commissioner Johnny Key
, who serves as the district school board under state receivership.
Woodruff, on Seventh Street near Woodrow, would be sold to Moses Tucker Real Estate for $700,000 for redevelopment as apartments. Franklin, at 17th and Harrison, would be sold for $895,000 to Community Health Centers of Arkansas. The health center would pay $179,000 up front and pay the rest over four years.
If either redevelopment were to fall through, the school district would have the option to buy the properties back to keep them from falling into the hands of the proliferating list of charter schools that have contributed to the money woes and enrollment decline that led the district to decide to close four schools. A couple of buildings will be used for other district purposes. The casualties also included Wilson Elementary
, a remarkable success story given high achievement by students that included kids from many poor families and many speaking English as a second language.
The proposals recommended Thursday had been outlined earlier,
along with some competing proposals. The school closures have brought heated protests from many in the community.