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Matthews says church wants to buy, not lease Lee Middle School


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Kingdom Vision International pastor R.J. Matthews said Tuesday that his church wants to purchase the vacant Lee Middle School property rather than lease it. 


Matthews addressed the CMSD Board of Trustees during its Monday meeting, where he expressed his church's interest in the property. Columbus Municipal School District Board President Tommy Prude said Matthews' group wanted to lease the property.  


"We don't know if we are going to lease, develop or sell,'' Prude said Monday. "We're still trying to figure out what is best for the district.'' 


Matthews said he was not aware that Prude had misspoke until reading about the meeting in Tuesday's edition of The Dispatch. 


The pastor said his church has been interested in purchasing the property since the school was vacated in 2011. His church has not bid on the property. 


Point of Grace Pastor Shane Cruse submitted a bid on the property in June, but the proposal was rejected because it did not conform to state laws governing the sale of school property. Cruse and his church remain interested in buying the property.




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