Kansas City Public Schools and W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center have completed the sale of the former Milton Moore Elementary School at 4510 E. Linwood Blvd.
DuBois Learning Center has been leasing the building from the district since 2013 for its free tutorial service programs. The lease agreement gave DuBois an option to purchase the site.
The option was exercised for $150,000.
Sale of the Moore property represents the 11th former school site sold by the district under a repurposing plan for closed buildings.
Terri Barnes, chairwoman of the DuBois board, said the Moore property will allow the nonprofit organization to continue expanding its classes for students and adults as well as provide community meeting spaces.
The Moore purchase echoes a similar sale in 2012 of the former Graceland Elementary School, 2803 E. 51st St., to Swope Corridor Renaissance/Upper Room to operate the renamed Mary E. Kelly community center.
The district said Monday that, in addition to the Moore sale, it has leased one other school and has six more school sites under contract or as part of a memorandum of understanding.
Shannon Jaax, who leads the school district’s repurposing program, said the district hopes to close on three of the outstanding transactions by the end of the year.
The contract that has yet to close is for the sale of Blenheim Elementary, 2411 E. 70th Terrace. Closing is contingent on Sunflower Development, the redeveloper, receiving tax credits from the state of Missouri to convert the building for low-income housing.