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Old Maupin school to get new life

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's an historic building, but the old Maupin Elementary School has been nothing but an eyesore in west Louisville for years.  But Maupin will soon get new life as it's returned to its educational roots.

In many ways, the old, decaying Maupin School building has come to symbolize the decline of the Parkland Neighborhood. But now, it may signal a rebirth.

Built in 1891, the school had been vacant for more than a decade.  Now construction crews are working to transform it into the new $11 million Parkland campus of Family Scholar House.

"Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty by providing all the support that single parent students need to earn their college degree," said President and CEO Cathe Dykstra.  48 single-parent families will live, play, and learn here.

"On this campus, we will have academic advisers and family service workers, case managers, a family cafe that feeds families; not just ours but those in the community," said Dykstra.

18-year-old Letteria Thompson will soon move in with year-old son and start college. She grew up in Parkland.  "I think that it's very nice that I can stay where I know people, know my surroundings, and it's not really a bad environment," said Thompson.

The campus is just blocks away from the scene of the notorious daylight murders in May of last year.  Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott says this project illustrates how far Parkland has come since then.  "I mean it's all connected to the hope and inspiration that's coming back to the Parkland neighborhood which has experienced so much in the past few years. But now we see this revitalization, this new energy," said Scott.

Much of the old facade has been restored, including a modern digital version of the old bell tower.  "So, that symbolically those chimes will again call the community to education; to the opportunities that come from education," said Dykstra.

The groundbreaking is set for next week, August 7th. And the first residents move in August 10th.

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