By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – A group planning to convert the South Corinth Elementary School campus for community use has formed a nonprofit, the Easom Outreach Foundation, and a board of directors, to assume management of the facility.
Foundation board members already have begun exploring funding opportunities, with CREATE Foundation acting as its nonprofit fiscal agent.
Board president Samuel Crayton, a former banker and auto dealership owner, board secretary/treasurer Mona Lisa Grady, who is CARE Foundation executive director, and Jean McFarland, retired and part-time grant writer/administrator for the Alcorn school district, are vigorously pursuing these prospects.
Other board members – vice president Roy Irons, parliamentarian Edward Long, Calvin Burton, Gwendolyn Bishop Chambliss, Reuben Dilworth, Raymond McClellan, Gary McGaha, Tommy Morrison and Edwin Walker – are working on board organizational structure, membership, attracting tenants to occupy the buildings, and other projects, with assistance of the school board-appointed South Corinth Focus Group.
The Focus Group, nine local residents selected by the school board to formulate a plan for the campus, also has developed a Web site at www.easomoutreachfoundation.org to disseminate information and attract support.
Focus Group President Willie Davis gave a verbal update to the school board at its recent meeting. Board President Ann Walker asked that a copy of the foundation’s bylaws and a list of tenants expected to occupy the facilities be provided to the board as plans move forward.
The South Corinth campus was formerly Easom High School, which served black students across the county before integration, and those on the foundation board include a number of Easom alumni, as well as other Corinth and Alcorn County residents.
Students from South Corinth and the city’s other two elementary schools will move to a new Corinth Elementary School that is under construction and will open in the fall, and into renovated space at Corinth Junior High School which will become Corinth Middle School.
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