Sale of former LHS moves forward

By Jane Beathard

June 6, 2014

The former London High School and gym at 60 S. Walnut St. is one step closer to housing a two-year technical college and adult re-training program, following action by city council on Thursday.

Council members authorized London Safety-Services Director Steve Hume to negotiate sale of the vacant building to Brightway Institute within 60 days. Selling price is $1.

According to social networks, “the institute is being formed as a 2-year community college for those students shut out of traditional educational opportunities.”

Brightway leaders are seeking accreditation for their venture through a local, unspecified university. Classes are expected to start in the fall of 2015, Hume said.

Under terms and conditions of the sale, the city retains ownership of the bus garage, London Academy building and former primary school. Both the city and Brightway will use the parking lots for free.

The city will lease will the former high school gym, now the London Community Center, from Brightway for $1, and retain full oversight and use of the facility.

Brightway students will use the center during weekdays, with city recreation programs scheduled for weekends and after 4 p.m. during the week, Hume said.

Brightway leaders agreed to pick up the cost of needed improvements to the community center’s gym floor, windows and basketball goals. Dec. 1, 2015 is the deadline for financing all improvements.

Other stipulations to the sale require Brightway to donate wood trim, flooring and chalk boards from one classroom to the J.J. Hartley Athletic Complex at the current London High School.

The institute will allow the Madison County Arts Council to stage one production a year in the building for a $1 fee.