US Littered With Empty Schools
Maintenance a drain on districts
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 12, 2013 4:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2013 6:00 AM CST
There are hundreds of empty schools in major US cities, a report finds.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Across 12 major US cities, there are 327 empty school buildings simply waiting to be sold—all the while costing districts money for maintenance without bringing in tax dollars, a Pew Charitable Trusts study finds. Prospects for sale are dimmed as parents increasingly send kids to charter or private schools, and the number of for-sale buildings will only increase, Pew researchers say. Philadelphia, for instance, is set to see 37 school closings next year, the AP reports. And the Sun-Times reports that the study comes just ahead of tomorrow's release of a preliminary list of schools Chicago could close, with reports pegging the number of targets at 50.

Detroit has sold or leased 63 school buildings since 2005, but 124 remain for sale. Cleveland has sold 25 but is still trying to sell 27 others. And these figures don't account for all the empty schools—just the ones districts have put up for sale. Others they keep for potential future use. Meanwhile, with some districts desperate to get rid of the buildings, sales are bringing in a lot less than they could. In Cincinnati, for example, 11 buildings and a vacant parcel valued at $31 million sold for $3.5 million. The buildings typically sell for between $200,000 and $1 million. (Click for an even more controversial school story.)

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right2dave
Feb 12, 2013 11:02 PM CST
Obama carter schools?
Wrongdirection
Feb 12, 2013 8:13 PM CST
The education system across the country is mostly a sham / scam on the taxpayers. They should be rebuilding the older building that are Structurally sound instead of a complete new building. I see new school building being build with construction on them (pretty looks add-ons) that has nothing to do with anything useful. Wasting money for other class rooms that could be built is what I call it. Like I say..Pityful, shameful, and a total scam on the tax payers and the communities that are burden with this crap! Nice school buildings if your needing a new GM headquarters or National Bank Buildings. Why should the taxpayers be burdened with this shit. Government out of control on a smaller level.... Educators that know nothing about what they need to be doing to make their subject as interesting as possible for their students. get their attention and keep it every day!!
fractal
Feb 12, 2013 3:28 PM CST
Most of these school buildings are in urban areas, where people are refusing to send their children to school---my city has many schools for sale. But they are old, mold, and asbestos ridden, water damaged shells of their former selves---nothing that suburban parents would ever send their children to... They would have to be gutted and completely re-outfitted to be changed into living spaces. Probably cheaper to just pull them down and start over. And lets not even talk about most of the locations.