Old Page Woodson Elementary could host Langston University students

The Oklahoma City School Board made a counter-offer to a group looking to buy Page Woodson Elementary and turn it into a satellite campus for Langston University.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: June 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm •  Published: June 7, 2013
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SCHOOL BOARD UPDATE

Empty school could host Langston students

The deserted Page Woodson Elementary could soon become a satellite campus for Langston University.

The Oklahoma City School Board discussed five offers for buyers looking to own the old school at 600 N High.

Rather than accept one of the options, the board made a counter-offer.

They voted 6-1 to ask Renaissance JFK to up its bid from $825,000 to $900,000 and to get a written commitment from Langston University.

Eddie Jackson, who represented Renaissance JFK at the meeting, said university officials have expressed interest in the location.

The school was built in the early 1900s. It has served as Douglass High School, Lowell Elementary, F.D. Moon Middle School and Page Woodson Elementary. The building has been empty since 1993.

The four other offers were as follows:

• Oak Hills Private Equity Fund offered $800,000 and planned to turn the school into either a retirement home or medical offices.

• MDLCO offered $805,000 with plans to change the building into medical offices.

• Sunflower Development Group offered $900,000 and would change the school into housing.

• The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority offered $100,000 up front. The group would then manage the renovation and sale. The proceeds of that future sale would go to the school district.

Carrie Coppernoll,

Staff Writer