School district closes movie deal

HOWELL, Mich. - Howell Public Schools will make about $120,000 in a deal allowing Parker High School to be used as a movie location, according to The Ann Arbor News.  A production company will shoot the film "High School" this fall in the largely unused building.

The $72 million Parker campus was completed in 2007. Budget problems led the board of education to shut down most of the facility after one year of use, The News reported, though building trades courses continue on site, and some space is used by Lansing Community College.

The school district will provide utilities, custodial and maintenance services during the three months of filming. Superintendent Ted Gardella also said there is a provision in the contract for educational opportunities for students, The News reported.

The Ann Arbor News, "School to net $120,000 in film deal," Sept. 30, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Schools for sale," Aug. 15, 2007