Corinth evaluating for three school sites

djournal-In-the-NewsBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth Board of Aldermen met in a special session Tuesday to continue working its way through issues on disposition of three school campuses that reverted to city ownership from the Corinth School District.

The three schools were vacated in late 2010 after a new Corinth Elementary School was built that allowed students from the three campuses to be consolidated at Corinth Elementary School and Corinth Middle School.

Though no final votes were taken, board members decided to proceed as follows:

• They will have a surveyor prepare a plan to subdivide the South Corinth and East Corinth properties so that groups wanting to use those facilities will have the parcels they need, while other portions of the properties may be sold by sealed bid.

• A subcommittee of three aldermen will work to finalize a lease agreement for the Easom Outreach Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, to continue using the South Corinth campus as a community center.

• Board attorney Wendell Trapp will work on remaining issues to clear the way for an agreement with the Mississippi Action for Progress Head Start programs to lease the East Corinth property.

• The board will consider possible zoning changes for the West Corinth property to preserve the historical and cultural significance there, while also considering how it can proceed in response to requests from the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and National Park Service to use the property as an adjunct to the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center.

Mayor Tommy Irwin noted that the board has held extensive discussions to try to accommodate each group’s requests.

The Corinth school board learned late last 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.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com