The Oklahoma City School Board approved the sale of several vacant buildings Monday night, including the old John Marshall High School for $3 million.
Pastor Eddie Baker said his nonprofit Golden Hills Ranch Inc., plans to turn the building at 9017 N University into a school serving at-risk children ages 10 to 18.
"We're just going to get in there to try to help children and give people jobs," Baker said.
He hopes the school will open in the next six to eight months providing both an education and housing for the children.
Sunset Elementary, 3105 Sunset Blvd., was sold to Sam Gresham for $100,100. That building has been closed since the 1990s.
Willard School, 1400 NW 3, an alternative school before it closed, sold for $40,000 to Ron Walters.
The proposed uses for those buildings were unknown Monday, and board member Lynn Watson requested in the future that bids for the districts remaining 11 properties for sale include the buyer's intent.
Also bidding for the Willard school site was Catholic Charities, which hoped to make the building a shelter for homeless women and children.
However, the Catholic Charities bid was $5,000.
"Nothing would please me more than to see the project ... take affect, but if we accepted a $5,000 bid instead of a $40,000 bid, we would have in effect just made a $35,000 contribution to a charity, and I'm not sure my constituency sent me here to make those kinds of decisions," board member Phil Horning said as he moved to accept the bid from Walters.
All three sales must be finalized through a closing process.
A fourth site, Sunnyside property, was taken off the market due legal issues, the district's attorney said.
"We're just excited we were able to make some money and sell those properties so quickly," Superintendent Karl Springer said.
The John Marshall building has been vacant since the district built a new high school with MAPS for Kids funding in 2007.
The building currently is being used in the filming of "Bringing Up Bobby," a movie being shot in Oklahoma City this week starring Milla Jovovich, Marcia Cross and Bill
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The board also approved the project requirements for a new elementary school downtown and the district's administrative building.
Those basic concept plans included details such as the $8.1 million budget for construction and $500,000 for site acquisition. The building is to serve about 500 students and have about 55,000 square feet.
Springer said that one option being considered is combining the two projects into one building.
Springer presented his vision for the school, which is a combined enrollment from both a zone around downtown Oklahoma City that would draw about 270 students from nearby neighborhoods and open enrollment through a lottery system for students both inside and outside the district.
Watson said she was disappointed that an independent group planning a charter school downtown didn't present its plans before the board. She voted against adopting the project requirements.