Corinth considers options for former schools

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Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen is considering what action to take on three school properties vacated by the Corinth School District, which have now been returned to city ownership because they’re no longer being used as schools.

The Corinth school board learned earlier this year that they would not be able to dispose of the former campuses of East, West and South Corinth Elementary Schools because the properties were given to the district for use as schools. A clause in the titles to each property said it would “revert” to city ownership when the school district no longer used it as a school.

The school board in its regular Monday meeting voted to issue a quit claim deed to the city for each property to conclude the property transfer.

In a special called meeting Wednesday morning that was attended by four of the city’s six aldermen, Gentry Parker and Shane Casabella presented a request for use of either the West Corinth property or the East Corinth property for educational purposes. The South Corinth property has been used for about 18 months by the nonprofit Easom Outreach Foundation to provide community meals and other community programs.

Parker said she is currently working for North Corinth Christian Academy, but would like to start a school that addresses a segment of the school-age population who are currently not in school.

“There is a significant number of kids who are not in school who can’t or won’t be home schooled,” she said.

The proposed school would address that population and give them a chance to get a high school diploma or GED, Parker said, noting that the military is not an option without one of those.

The potential students are ones who are not likely to return to a traditional classroom, so it would not divert anyone from the public schools, but would give those high-risk individuals another chance.

Casabella said North Corinth Christian Academy, which has about 90 students, has been looking for more space for its needs as well. The idea is that the two programs would operate under one umbrella foundation and use the same building for the separate programs.

Mayor Tommy Irwin asked that the two prepare a formal proposal and outline of their request, including how they would financially support operations, to present at the next regular city board meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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