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Board accepts offer to buy old John Marshall High School

Premier Assets Inc. hopes to have the old John Marshall High School, 9017 N University, rezoned as duplexes, said Terry Wolfe, senior facilities officer for the district. Also, sexual orientation a new protected class in school district.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: August 20, 2012
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The Oklahoma City School Board approved an offer to sell the old John Marshall High School for $400,000 at its meeting Monday night.

Premier Assets Inc. hopes to have the school rezoned as duplexes, said Terry Wolfe, senior facilities officer for the district.

The old John Marshall High School, 9017 N University, was built in 1945, Chief Operations Officer Jim Burkey. The property includes the 240,000-square-foot facility and 20 acres of land.

The company has 120 days to handle rezoning and other issues or it can withdraw the offer.

Two previous offers to buy the building haven't panned out, Burkey said.

“With our experience, there doesn't seem to be a big market for it — big buildings in a residential neighborhood,” he said. “It's like any other piece of property. Its location has a lot to do with it.”


Orientation protected

In other business, the Oklahoma City School Board updated the district Equal Education policy to include sexual orientation as a group protected against discrimination. The policy had inadvertently omitted sexual orientation as a protected class, General Counsel Tammy Carter said.

The board voted 6-1 to include sexual orientation in the policy; Lyn Watson dissented.

An attempt to include sexual orientation in district policy failed in 2006. A committee revising the book included the protection, but school officials later yanked the changes because they had not been approved by the school board.

The school board then revisited the issue in 2009, when it voted to include sexual orientation as a protected group in the district's bullying and harassment policy. The vote was 6-2.

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