- By: Tara Edwards
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) – A building on the border of West Bloomfield Township and Farmington Hills is surrounded by a lot of controversy.
Eagle Elementary School belonged to the Farmington Public Schools until it was sold to the Islamic Cultural Association. That is where the controversy begins.
Attorney Erin Mersino with the Thomas More Law Center told 7 Action News there was never a “for sale” sign posted outside of the building. There were several groups interested in buying the building including a Jewish parochial school, an autistic special needs school, and the Light of the World Christian Center church.
“I was being discouraged from doing that,” said the church’s pastor Bruce Burwell. “I couldn’t understand in this economic time. The Farmington Hills School District or any school in America are under distressed times. If someone is interested in buying a building, why would they be discouraged?”
“Why would they conduct a sale of property in secret as opposed to having it in public meeting as the Attorney General’s opinion states it must be done?”