Burlington Council Approves Taft School Lease

Published 03/31 2014 10:24PM

Updated 03/31 2014 11:21PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Burlington School District says it is looking to unload the Taft School which is need of lots of repair.

And it says it's found someone to take it over.

The district says it's relatively expensive to keep the Taft School open for just 70 students.

Now, the idea is to lease the school for 80-years to UVM. The university would pay the district one-point-six million dollars upfront.

That money would be used to move the programs in the school now to another location and keep them going. They help kids who are at risk.

"Both of these programs we are committed to within the district and the need to house these programs is something we are committed to," says Alan Matson, Burlington School Board chairman.

The city council gave its okay though some members expressed concern about loss of parking and whether leasing the school breaks the intent of the building's original gift to the city.

The lease still needs court approval.

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