Effort fails to save Traverse City’s Old Mission school
Traverse City — A Traverse City school district has voted to redistrict boundaries for one of its elementary schools.
Old Mission Peninsula School’s more than 170 students will attend the soon-to-be-renovated, $13.5 million Eastern Elementary after the 2017-18 school year, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports.
“If you live within that boundary, Eastern will be your school,” Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent Paul Soma said. “I think (the language) was intentional because it’s not closed. It’s still open right now and we don’t necessarily need to shut down the chance of something.”
The lack of a working operations agreement from the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation pushed Traverse City Area Public Schools officials to merge the boundaries. Officials said the decision to redistrict will provide clarity for parents and allow district officials to finalize schematic designs regarding the size and attendance of the new Eastern building.
In March, district officials delayed a decision to close Old Mission after an anonymous $800,000 donation offered to fix unsustainable overhead costs. A nonprofit aimed at saving the school was launched, and the group offered $1 million to buy the site.
However, school officials haven’t responded to a $1.1 million counteroffer and haven’t spoken of plans after the sale.
Soma said the foundation has not given any details for how the school would remain open if the sale is finalized.