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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A group of concerned Columbus, Ga. citizens is working to preserve a school they say was once the educational and social hub of a community, but has since become abandoned.

About 25 to 30 people met on Wednesday, May 21, to revive Claflin Elementary School. They prayed, toured the school and began the process of developing a plan and proposal to restore the site.

"This is how we got to where we are, and where we are headed," says community organizer Rev. Richard A. Jessie. "Eighteen months ago the Muscogee County School Board transferred ownership of Claflin to the Consolidated Government. At that time the city gave a year for the community or developers to present a viable proposal that would satisfy the educational requirements in the deed, before they would turn the school back over to the Federal Government."

Jessie says as of April of 2014, no such proposal had been presented.

At a community hearing about the school, Jessie says Columbus City Council extended the deadline and gave the community until Nov. 26, 2014, to present a viable proposal.

The community group working to preserve Claflin—a group still developing their name—will meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in June, July and Aug. at 5 p.m.to develop the plan. The meetings will take place at Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 1633 5th Ave. All communities interested in preserving Claflin are invited to the Saturday, June 14 meeting at 5 p.m.

The group intends to develop a viable plan in 90 days.

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