Approved: Couple given the OK to buy abandoned Elyria school building

Approved: Couple given the OK to buy abandoned Elyria school building
Couple bid $1,000 on old school in Elyria. (Source: WOIO)
Couple bid $1,000 on old school in Elyria. (Source: WOIO)

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - Farai and LaSonia Mvere are elated after hearing the Elyria School Board has agreed to accept their $1,000 bid to buy the old Thomas Jefferson School on Foster Avenue.

LaSonia Mvere went to the school as a child.  She and her husband said they want to turn the abandoned building into a meeting place for kids with special needs and their families. LaSonia, who works with people with special needs at the Murray Ridge School in Elyria, had a dream about it.

"It was God, and he said, 'this is what I want you to do.' I said, 'I can't do it. I can't run a big building. I don't know how I'm going to do it.' He said, 'Don't worry about it. This is what I designed you for, to work with special needs,'" described Lasonia Mvere.

The Mveres are now turning that vision into a reality. They were the only bidders to show up at a public auction for the property this past weekend.

"We are the only people that showed up and we are excited about it," said Farai Mvere.

The school board voted Wednesday night to allow the sale of Jefferson.

"There would, of course, be plenty of activities and a lot of therapy and sensory rooms. A music room. Things for them to enjoy," said Lasonia Mvere.

Renovating the building will be costly, but the Mveres say they will apply for gr ants, and the offers are already coming in to do some of the work for free. 

"It helps the community understand we love these children. Everybody loves these children. They need to be in an environment where they can grow," said Farai Mvere.

The Mveres also put in a $100 bid on the old Edison School on Lake Avenue to use for the same purpose.

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