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Wake County school system negotiating to reacquire former Thompson School building

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Plans are moving forward for the Wake County school system to try to reacquire the former Thompson School near downtown Raleigh.

Don Haydon, the school system's chief facilities and operations officer, asked the school board last week if he needed formal authorization to negotiate with county staff for the Thompson building. But board members told Haydon to just meet with county staff and report back to them on the status of the negotiations.

After the Thompson School closed in 1971, it was later acquired by Wake County. It now houses several Wake County Human Service agencies: Inner City MH Clinic, Drop In Center, Veterans Services, Forensic Team, McKinney Team,  Housing, Medicaid Eligibility.

The various agencies would need to leave for Wake to reconvert it back to a school. Wake has also been looking at reacquiring the former Crosby-Garfield School.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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