FLINT, Mich. — Alumni and the deaf community have mixed feelings about selling the current site of the Michigan School for the Deaf to a private investor who would build a new school and lease it back to the institution, The Flint Journal reported.

David Sanderson, the school's chief administrator, said he expects a contract to be signed soon between the state, which owns the property, and Lurvey White Ventures, The Journal reported. The state Legislature would have to approve the transaction, the report said.

The proposal calls for the new school to be leased to the Michigan School for the Deaf for 30 years, but some in the audience at a recent meeting felt it should be longer, The Journal reported. Others were concerned that the state would discontinue funding and still others wanted certain items of historical or sentimental significance preserved at the site.

Sanderson said the proposal would forbid the new owners from renting to a different entity even after the lease was up, The Journal reported.

Freida Morrison, president of the Michigan School for the Deaf Alumni Association, told The Journal that worries over the future of the school persist and that support for the plan varies.

SOURCE:
The Flint Journal, "Michigan School for the Deaf plan could move forward soon; concerns aired during alumni meeting," Sept. 23, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Seeing the potential in deaf education," Aug. 28, 2009

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