January 03, 2009

Anybody Want To Buy A Piece Of History?

The school at the center of the Brown v. Board Of Education case is up for sale.

Sumner School was built in 1936 and closed in 1996 as part of a desegregation plan. The city of Topeka bought it in 2002.

Dan Kooser is under contract with the city to auction off the school, and he was on hand for the tours that lasted two hours and drew about 10 people Wednesday. The school is special to the 48-year-old Kooser because he attended kindergarten through sixth grade there.

“I have lots of memories there,” Kooser said.

Among those who toured the school were representatives of the Topeka-based nonprofit group Community First Inc., which wants to turn Sumner into a charter school and community center.

Interested buyers must give the city a financial plan by Jan. 8.

From there, Kooser is to auction off the school building at 6 p.m. Jan. 22 in the first-floor conference room of the city’s Cyrus K. Holliday Building.

Kooser said he expected the bids that come in to be at least the minimum $50,000.

“I think they’ll get it sold,” he said.

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