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Community group plans meetings to preserve Claflin Elementary School

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

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

"This is how we got to where we are, and where we areheaded," says community organizer Rev. Richard A. Jessie. "Eighteen months agothe Muscogee County School Board transferred ownership of Claflin to theConsolidated Government. At that time the city gave a year for the community ordevelopers to present a viable proposal that would satisfy the educationalrequirements in the deed, before they would turn the school back over to theFederal Government."

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

At a community hearing about the school, Jessie says ColumbusCity 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 andAug. at 5 p.m.to develop the plan. The meetings will take place at MetropolitanMissionary Baptist Church, 1633 5th Ave. All communities interested inpreserving 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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