Sumner School May Still be Saved

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _

Topeka City Council members have agreed to give a nonprofit
group two more months to show it can renovate Sumner Elementary
School.

Community First has proposed converting it into a charter school
and community hub but needs $3.6 million. It failed to meet a May
31 deadline for showing that it had commitments for the funding.

But during an informal work session Tuesday, seven of nine City
Council members said they'd give the group two more months.

The city owns the former school, which closed in 1996.

Sumner once was an all-white elementary school that inspired the
Brown desegregation lawsuit.
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Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal,
http://www.cjonline.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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