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Oklahoma Central: Sides drawn on Oklahoma City's former Central High School building purchase

Steve Lackmeyer: In an era where so many controversies feature rivals that can be easily set apart as “good guy” and “bad guy,” the quandary of who to root for in the bidding for downtown's historic former Central High School is far more in the gray area.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 10, 2012

Some readers also questioned whether Oklahoma City Public Schools, which struggled to maintain its current administration building, can really afford the upkeep of one of the city's most historic assets — one that is more than a century old.

Questions also persist about how Oklahoma City Public Schools will really be able to buy the old Central high. It has $8.5 million in publicly announced funding, while the building's listed price is $11.5 million. Where will the remaining money come from? For now, Springer isn't saying.

One of the last comments I saw on this matter, posted via Twitter by investor Bond Payne, may cut to the heart of not just this debate, but others that might arise if the school district pursues a Plan B that would involve increasingly scarce downtown office space.

“Public investment should never crowd out private,” Payne argued. “Also, what is the strategic interest that school board has downtown?”

Readers had plenty to say about the story that ran Sunday in The Oklahoman. Here are some of their reactions. If you can't see the timeline below click here.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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Public investment should never crowd out private.”

Bond Payne


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