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What will happen to schools that CMS plans to shut down?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district is closing 10 schools next year. CMS says the schools maybe closing but new uses for the buildings are opening up.

So far churches, charter schools, and other community organizations have stepped forward to occupy the soon to be shut down schools.

Mike Raible deals with CMS properties. Wilson Middle is slated to go away next year.  Raible says after the district decided to tear down the Middle School, someone contacted the district and expressed interest in taking over the school.

"Oh well not so fast," Raible said.  "Maybe there is a second life for these buildings."

Raible said if the buildings are occupied tenants will pay CMS to lease the buildings.

"Obviously we are in a situation," Raible said.  "Where we would like to generate some income."

Neighbors who live near Wilson Middle are happy someone would be interested in giving life to the school.

"I think it will do you good to put somebody in there." Neighbor Randy Sipe said.

CMS says it will not sell the buildings. The district wants to hold on to the schools just in case it needs to reopen them for public education.  Raible says that could happen.

"I would say 5 to 10 years in the future," Raible told WBTV.  "We'll have instructional uses for those facilities."

In a few months CMS will solicit people and groups who are interested in the soon to be vacant school buildings. Once the district determines the best suitor, a group or organization could occupy the building by August.  

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