Controversy over closed school in SE Kansas

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MCCUNE, Kan. (AP) — A controversy over the future of a closed school in southeast Kansas continues to brew.

The Southeast School District is offering to lease a former elementary school in McCune to the city for $1 a year.

But some city officials say the building already belongs to taxpayers and they want the city to have unrestricted ownership of the building.

The school has been the center of controversy since the district, which is based in Cherokee, voted to close the McCune Attendance Center in May, despite strong opposition from residents.

The Joplin Globe reports the district is reluctant to transfer ownership of the building to the city because some McCune residents want to ask another school district to reopen it as an elementary school.

 

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