Since the school’s closure, nearby residents have been fighting to get it back as an educational institution instead of becoming a development site for Concordia Group.
The Save Smith School group wants the district to withdraw its appeal, remove Smith from the sale, and reopen it.
Resident Haley Dervinis said the group’s members will show up at every School Reform Commission meeting until the district takes Smith off the chopping block. “We want this to be a school,” she said, adding that Point Breeze is attractive to developers building market-rate housing in a predominantly working-class African American community.
“It’s going to be a long, hard fight,” said Dervinis, who is white.
A district spokesman said Friday that officials could not comment because the matter is in litigation. Efforts to reach William Collins, an owner of Concordia, were unsuccessful.