Court To Decide School Building's Future

EAST CLEVELAND - A three-year battle to save Kirk Middle School in East Cleveland has made its way to a justice center courtroom, 19/43 News' Harry Boomer reported.

Judge Lillian Greene met in chambers with attorneys representing the group fighting to save the 70-year-old historic building and the people who want to tear it down.

"We have a strong desire to get our permit and have this go away, so we can educate children," East Cleveland Schools superintendent Elvin Jones said.

"We feel as though we can save millions by renovating the building," Nathaniel Martin, of the Save Kirk Committee, said. "It's that simple. We're going to fight this all the way."

Black mold and asbestos were found in Kirk Middle School, forcing the district to shut it down and move its 800 students to other schools.

Both sides are due back in court next week.