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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The old Maupin Elementary school has been an eyesore in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood for years. Now, it is about to get new life in a neighborhood that badly needs it.
The most recent attempt to renovate the historic Maupin School building ended in scandal. A local pastor was sentenced to prison for fraud. Now, one of Louisville's most successful adult education programs will try to breathe new life into the building and the neighborhood.
It was school supply day on Friday for clients of Family Scholar House and their kids. It's part of the organization's effort to remove any barriers that might prevent single parents from getting their college degrees.
"So that's housing, supportive housing. But it's also academic advising, case management and diapers and TARC passes," said CEO Cathe Dykstra.
Terenca Hall says the program helped her and daughter Nailah break a cycle of homelessness and violence. "It's allowed me to be able to continue my education, so once I graduate, I'll be able to support me and my daughter."
Family Scholar House is hoping for similar success stories when it opens a residential facility in the old Maupin Elementary School in Parkland. This building has been sitting boarded and rotting for more than a decade.
"You take a school that was built in 1891, and it was built for the purpose of education. We are excited about the opportunity to rededicate it to education," said Dykstra.
Family Scholar House will spend $10 million to renovate the old building and turn into a center that will serve 48 families. This will be the program's first location in West Louisville. And it could be one key to revitalizing not just a building, but a neighborhood known most recently for violence.
"I thoroughly believe that people with more options make better choices. We need to bring options to the Parkland neighborhood. That whole area needs to have education as a viable option," said Dykstra.
"Because we really need things to turn around. And people need to know that there's a place to go," said Hall.
Family Scholar House will break ground at Maupin this fall and open sometime next summer.