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Craig School in Muskegon closed in 2012.

Intermediate district wants to buy vacant school from local district in Muskegon, Mich.

Oct. 19, 2018
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District offers $1 to Muskegon Public Schools for former Craig School building

The Muskegon (Mich.) Area Intermediate School District has offered $1 to buy a vacant Muskegon school building where it wants to house adult special education.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Muskegon Public Schools rejected the offer on the former Craig School and countered with a sale offer of $25,000.

The intermediate district would like to use the building for adult transition education, a spokeswoman for the district says. The program, which serves special education students ages 18 to 26, currently is split between two locations in Muskegon.

Neither of those bulildings has enough space for the growing program. Enrollment increased from 53 to 70 between the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Another increase is expected in 2019-20.

"A new location is needed to address the identified problems and improve our overall student growth," says Intermediate District Superintendent John Severson. "A new building for the Transition Campus will provide the very best learning environment and programming opportunities for all of our transition adults with special needs."

Muskegon schools closed Craig in 2012. The 18,000-square-foot building was last used to house a program for emotionally impaired special education students. 

The district has shuttered and sold several buildings in recent years, including those that housed Nims, Bluffton, McLaughlin, Phillips and Froebel schools. 

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