I'm thinking it was a lot of smoke and mirrors on the part of BOTH the "tenants" and the district, these so-called negotiations.
Because that building is wide open, being used in multiple areas, has advertised activities and classes and well, just doesn't look like a building that is shut down in preparation for being renovated. I checked and I took photos. Not closed by any stretch of the imagination.
I'm thinking it was a lot of smoke and mirrors on the part of BOTH the "tenants" and the district.
I've asked and asked the district staff about this and read various Facebook pages and webpages and my conclusion is that there is much more going on here than anyone wants to admit. When you see people make an "enemies" list that includes the district, the City, and the contractor who is to do the renovation, it makes you wonder.
I have asked but have not seen any kind of temporary lease agreement (but now, it's onto public disclosure). What seems to be the case - outwardly - is that the district is allowing whoever to stay in the building - probably for free - until the district finds them another space (I read Columbia Annex).
I'm done with asking the Superintendent, the staff and the Board about this. Clearly, no one is in charge.
Note to Pinehurst; hunker down and refuse to leave. It seems to work well for others.
These facilities belong to ALL of us and the district needs to squeeze every penny they can out of every building that is rented or leased. I believe when the district doesn't follow that, it is called "gifting of public funds."
But I think the person to ask is the State Auditor.