Saginaw schools could have sold building - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw schools could have sold building scheduled for demolition

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A local school district is working to demolish some abandoned buildings, but now TV5 has learned there were interested buyers.

So why is Saginaw spending the money to knock down Fuerbringer Elementary? WNEM asked the tough questions to try to find out answers. 

Rev. Sandra Gonzales is the director of the new millennium academy, a K-12 private academy that has 70 students attending classes here at Peace Lutheran.

Gonzales was looking for a home for her school back in 2007, she heard that the closed Fuerbringer Elementary was for sale, so she put in a cash offer of $200,000. Six months later, she received a letter telling her of the school district's decision to reject her offer. 

Gonzales said, "We were told that the school buildings were no longer for sale. I just couldn't see the building being inactive when it could have been utilized for a good purpose."

Fast forward six years. The plan now is to tear down the school. The likely cost, thousands of dollars to taxpayers. The bidding process for demolition is now underway.

WNEM tried digging back to find out why the school district wouldn't accept a cash bid of $200,000 when it now might cost that much to tear the building down.

TV5 asked Safiya Mosley with the Saginaw Public School system, why didn't the school board take the money then, when now it's going to cost them money to level the building?

Mosley said, "It happened six years ago. We don't want to focus on what happened under previous leadership. We want to focus on the school district moving forward."

Meanwhile, Gonzales says she's no longer interested in the abandoned building at any price. "We saw the building about a year ago. It was in bad shape. It would probably cost a million dollars to repair it." said Gonzales.

Saginaw school officials say they are now going to assign a property manager to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

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