LEONI TWP., MI – East Jackson Community Schools is moving ahead with the sale of a former elementary school building to a marijuana management company.
During a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the district’s seven-member Board of Education unanimously approved selling the former Bertha Robinson Elementary School, 5400 Seymour Road, to The Dromos Group of Waterford.
In its resolution, the board directs Superintendent Steve Doerr to work with legal counsel to close the deal, which could take up to 180 days.
The Dromos Group agreed to the full asking price of $900,000 and has said the building would be used for state-licensed medical marijuana growing and processing operations.
The sale agreement includes deed restrictions limiting use of the property in perpetuity only to these operations and prohibits the sale or dispensing of marijuana at the site, regardless of future state or local law changes, Doerr has said.
Doerr has been directed by the board to work with the district’s bond counsel and the East Jackson Bond Steering Committee to use the funds from the sale on projects that meet the immediate needs of students and align with the bond debt attributable to the property.
This means that the money will be in a restricted fund like a bond, Doerr said. While it can go toward paying off debt service, it also can be used for building renovations and upgrades, bus purchases and educational technology, he said.
Only projects that align with what voters approved in school bonds that passed in 1996, 2005 and 2009, which included Robinson Elementary, can be done with the sale money, Doerr said.
The money will not go into the district’s general fund and cannot be used for supplies or employee salaries and benefits, Doerr said.
Both Robinson and Memorial elementary schools were closed at