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Rienzi real estate: No action taken
by Zack Steen
Mar 15, 2017 | 1174 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The county school board heard from Rienzi town officials earlier this week concerning the former Rienzi Elementary School building.

The town asked the Alcorn School Board of Education to revoke the reverter clause that is preventing a private school from locating there.

Following the meeting – which was held in executive session because it involved real estate and potential litigation – Mayor Walter Williams said little was accomplished.

“We know as little as we knew before,” he said. “I feel good, though, about what was discussed and I’m praying we can get this all worked out.”

The town’s attorney received a letter from the school district last month following the announcement that Corinth based Pathway Christian Academy would relocate to the Rienzi school property. The letter stated the arrangement would trigger the reverter clause, putting it back in school district ownership. The school district transferred the property to the town about four months ago.

“We want to do this legally and I told the school board exactly that,” said Williams. “We just want to get someone in that building so we can get the income. It’s the only way the town will be able to afford the insurance on the property.”

The K-12 private school planned to use the gymnasium, cafeteria, ball field and some of the classrooms of the former elementary school.

School board attorney Arch Bullard said “the board took no action” following this week’s meeting with town officials.

Pathway still plan to relocate to Rienzi and will temporarily be housed inside Rienzi Baptist Church.
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