From The Washington Post: Montgomery County, Md., will sell a former high school building in Rockville to the private academy that has leased the property for more than a decade. The county council’s approval will enable the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy to buy the former Robert E. Peary High School under terms of its 1996 lease, despite the objections of some school officials. The county school board, county PTA and others opposed the deal, saying the county should not be selling school buildings when enrollment is growing and many classrooms are crowded.
OCTOBER 2010...from The Washington Post: A proposal to sell a former high school in Montgomery County, Md., to the private school that now rents it has drawn criticism. Some elected officials say the county should not be selling school buildings when enrollment is growing and many classrooms are crowded. Officials with the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy say they were performing a public service when they spent more than $8 million on renovating the former Robert E. Peary High School in Rockville in 1996 and that they did so with the understanding that they eventually would be able to buy it. Some County Council members are questioning the $1.9 million deal, and the county school board has written a letter of protest opposing the sale.