C-A selling former school

FLINT TWP. — About six years after being shut down, the former Carman Park Elementary School building at 3375 Van Campen Drive is being sold.

At its Tuesday meeting, the financially struggling Carman-Ainsworth school board gave authorization to Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff to sell the property. The board also gave approval to enter a lease arrangement for the building which currently houses the Carman Park-Baker Career Academy.

The academy is an accelerated high school program in conjunction with neighboring Baker College of Flint which gives academically motivated students a jump start on their college education.

“We would like to continue to work with Baker on that program,’’ Tunnicliff said.

He confirmed that the building is being sold to Baker College.

He said he expected to complete a purchase agreement within a month and complete the closing early next year.

The district and Baker have a firm agreement to continue operating the Academy through the end of this school year and will continue it every year after that in which both parties agree to do so, Tunnicliff said.

The lease price is fairly nominal he said of the decision to lease rather than own the building.

Declining property values have impacted the Carman Park building same as it has residences, he said.

Striking a deal with Baker eliminates the wait for another buyer.

Carman Park Elementary School was closed due to declining enrollment. Similarly, the district also closed Woodland Elementary School last year which also has been repurposed as an alternative high school.

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