Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Topeka officials upset that historic Sumner School not being maintained

A controversial building in Topeka, is back in the spotlight, but for different reasons. 49 News Community reporter Jessica Drew explains why Sumner is still sitting empty, and why the city is involved now.

July 15, 2009


— Topeka officials want to know why the couple who bought the historic Sumner School property are not maintaining it.

Zaire and Mary Beth Thomas of Topeka have been asked to explain next week in an administrative hearing why they haven’t repaired broken windows and a retaining wall at the property.

The Thomases have received several violation notices from the city for failing to adequately maintain the property, which they bought in February.

However, the couple say they have deeded the school, which was the at the center of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education desegregation case, to the leader of their church in Los Angeles.

Zaire Thomas said he and his wife plan to attend the hearing and ask for more time to fix the property.


StirrrThePot 8 years, 10 months ago

It is appalling that this historic building has been allowed to deteriorate. This is living history of a landmark court decision that helped pave the way for desegration in this state. I hope they can get it appropriately fixed up soon.

puddleglum 8 years, 10 months ago

This building is a piece of crap-who cares? bulldoze this embarrasment and lets put in a wal-mart!

mdrndgtl 8 years, 10 months ago

Zaire and Mary Beth would fix it up, but the bus will only drop them off at a white-only school in a more affluent neighborhood.

TopJayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

They promised to fix it up. anyone with any common sense knew that was a non-starter. This group has no money, and no record of being able to do what they say they are going to do.
It's another feel good case of giving someone the bldg. without them being qualified to buy it. But what the hey, there's a lot of that going around these days.

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