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Critics of Eagle School Sale Ask Attorney General to Investigate

Terrorism claims at the heart of latest "attack" against Farmington Public Schools.

Farmington School officials said Tuesday that they are under "attack" again by a group that opposed the 2011 sale of Eagle Elementary School in West Bloomfield.

The statement, read before the school board meeting, said district officials  earlier in the day became aware of allegations being made against Farmington Schools by the Thomas More Law Center.

According to a Monday post on the law center website, lawyers have asked Michigan's attorney general to investigate Farmington Public Schools to determine any corruption involving the sale of the school to the , which the site claims has ties to an organization that has financial ties to terrorist activity.

The 6-page letter to Bill Schuette, attorney general, was written on behalf of residents in West Bloomfield, Farmington and Farmington Hills, according to the law center site.

It is unclear if Schuette will pursue the request.

According to the Detroit News, Joy Yearout, a spokeswoman for Schuette, confirmed his office has received the letter but "we have no further comment at this time."

"This appears to be another effort by the same group of individuals which has already tried to stop the sale of Eagle Elementary School through litigation and lost. The court dismissed that case," the district's statment said. "These same opponents are now trying another attack, again twisting and distorting the facts, making a number of allegations that are completely false. The District plans to rebut these claims in due course and in an appropriate manner."

Sue Burstein June 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Finally, why would someone put in an offer on property that they are told specifically is not for sale? That is what ALL other interested parties were told. Only the ICA's realtor, who sits on a board with Zurvalec, and whose staff and principle board members are friends with a school board member were encouraged to do this. Terry, I remember you from years past. I know you are very aware of how this district operates with subterfuge. You seem to think they operated above board now? From my vantage point nothing has changed.
David Anderson June 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Regarding the FST recommendations - they did not recommend the closure of Eagle in any of its three recommendations. Eagle was never the "first" choice, but it was consistently in the disucussion as a primary candidate for closure. However, when considering "Option D", it was determined that up to four schools could be closed. The FST chose the fourth building in one of their last meetings as a group.
Sue Burstein June 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Terry, The district had seriously interested people. The Jewish Yeshiva was interested in the property but from what we know, was turned away when they inquired. So they bought another location, within months on Walnut Lake Rd in W. Bloomfield. That, to me, shows real interest and not just some inquiry. And, as you can see above, Eagle WAS NOT RECOMMEDED for closure in the final analysis. So why did the district throw out all the work of the committee? Perhaps, a pre-negotiated secret buyer? And, whatever you think the "real reason" for the "trumped up charges" are, I can tell you personally that if there had been an honest attempt to market the property, then I myself, and most if not all of us would have been satisfied that the district had followed standard business ethics and acted in an ethical manner that was in the best interests of the community. That did not happen. So, all of you "southerners" can believe what you want. Just puts you in the same category of the Board members who called us racists and bigots - or those who told stories about their parents' once having "a Jewish friend". I thought that went out of vogue in the 1960s with Martin Luther King, and the "I once had a black friend" garbage. I guess I was wrong.
Sue Burstein June 25, 2012 at 05:52 PM
BTW...those who use the "I once had" phrases, are just plain offensive. I almost fell out of my seat at the June 14, 2011 meeting when I heard that reference to Jews. How ridiculous can one make oneself sound?? But, then the board member who said that has a propensity of letting their mouth get ahead of them. That includes using vulgar language against other board members.
Sue Burstein June 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Terry, I am curious, did you actually read the statements of allegations? What about the rigged appraisal, and all the cozy relationships? And before you start a civil war between the north and the south many of your compatriots in the south are not so happy with the way the district handled any of this. At one point people from the southern part of the district turned out enmasse, as well, when the district was going to take their draconian measures on redistricting, all in an attempt to stop the district's actions.

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