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      Flint schools sells Sarvis Center for $150,000

      The Flint school board will sell the Sarvis Center to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation for $150,000.

      In an effort to chip away at the district's $16 million deficit, the Flint school board voted to sell the Sarvis Center to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation for $150,000.

      The school board approved the sale on a 6-3 vote Wednesday night.

      The Sarvis Center Conference Center and Food Service building is the current meeting location for the board of education. It??s also been used for professional development and other community events.

      Superintendent Larry Watkins said the district has been losing money from the building in recent years. Money from the sale will go toward the district's multi-million-dollar deficit.

      ??It cost us over $200,000 in utilities a year, plus the facility was not making money, so again, if we had not sold it, it would have been the administration's recommendation to close the building,?? Watkins said.

      The district will lease the Sarvis Center until June 30. It's unclear how the Flint Cultural Center Corporation plans to use the building in the future.