Topeka Schools Hoping To Buy Ex-Hospital Grounds

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The Topeka school district hopes to buy 128 acres that once were part of the grounds of a state hospital for the mentally ill.

The district already owns 60 acres of the former Topeka State Hospital grounds and built a sports park there.

The district says it is in the final stages of negotiating a $2.3 million sale.

Associate Superintendent Mike Wilson says the district could create a campus to train students for renewable energy jobs.

Wilson said other possibilities include a child care center for school employees and dorm space for student teachers. And the district could move its headquarters.

The hospital closed in 1997 in a push by the state to treat the mentally ill in the least restrictive environments possible.

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