TPS to buy Summit St. YMCA for $410,000

TPS will pay the YMCA $410,000; $72,000 of that will be paid to the Horizon Science Academy.

The 5-member board of Toledo Public Schools unanimously approved Monday evening the district's purchase of the Summit Street YMCA.

Horizon Science Academy, which had an agreement to buy the Summit Street YMCA property, has said it would withdraw from its agreement if TPS and the YMCA reached an agreement.

TPS will pay the YMCA $410,000; $72,000 of that will be paid to the Horizon Science Academy which was previously under contract to buy the YMCA. Last week, a spokesperson for Horizon Science Academy said the charter school would not stand in the way of TPS' bid to buy the YMCA. Other elements of the deal include the YMCA maintaining their corporate offices on the second floor. They will use that space rent free for four years beginning in the second year after the sale is finalized.

The purchase of the YMCA will allow TPS to relocate its administrative offices from the Thurgood Marshall Building to the YMCA. "The administrative building right now requires a lot of extra costs, and we are having particular problems with air conditioning and things like that," said TPS board member Bob Vasquez.

TPS also plans to house its early childhood program at the YMCA. Dr. Cecilia Adams, school board president, is optimistic that the TPS will be awarded the Toledo Head Start grant.

"Well Head Start is going to be a tremendous boost to the community, and we need to get a handle on the learning from birth to grade two," Dr. Adams said.

The vote was 5-0.