Organizers hope they can raise a similar amount in the next 30 days or so, pointing toward
The original foreclosure date passed on
"We got a 45-day extension from the bank," said
"They saw how much fund-raising we were doing and we had made some changes as far as the
The non-profit ESIA is in default on a
A grassroots effort to raise money to pay off the outstanding debt of
Some people have donated by mail; some online, via a pair of pages dedicated to the effort on Fundly.com, a crowdfunding platform; and some have delivered their money in person. Between
Upcoming fund-raisers will include an indoor yard sale and raffle on
Next week, ESIA representatives plan to sit down with those from the
A CPA is combing the nonprofit organization's bank records for the past several years in an attempt to determine what went awry, McNair said.
"We have two gentlemen that are volunteering to work on a business plan for us and a sustainability plan going forward," he added.
Board members are also scrambling to get missing paperwork to the
"Apparently, the last three or four years paperwork wasn't filed at all," he said. "We have to get those forms to the
McNair said response by people who "want to see ownership of the buildings stay in the community" has exceeded expectations.
But he said there's a good reason for that.
There are three buildings on the old
Until 1965, when the buildings were shuttered as part of school integration, the campus was the hub of community activity, school-related and otherwise. In 1981, the ESIA purchased the then-dilapidated buildings and slowly renovated them, recreating the community hub.
"There's a lot of history," McNair said. "Just the thought, the possibility, of losing those buildings would be devastating to the community."
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