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Education nonprofit acquires Michigan elementary school

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A local education nonprofit has sealed a deal to purchase a northwest Michigan elementary school but operation-related details are still unclear and officials aren't publicly discussing options.
 
     The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation finalized a $1.1 million deal Wednesday to purchase Old Mission Peninsula School from Traverse City Area Public Schools.
 
     Foundation officials are exploring ideas to either launch an independent charter school or collaborate with the district to provide services to the elementary school's nearly 200 students following the closure.
 
     Robert Kimball, Grand Valley State's deputy director of charter schools, says an application for the elementary school's charter authorization earned "phase two approval" last week.
 
     Foundation Vice President Corey Phelps says the foundation will pick a direction soon but will eventually make the final decision in a private meeting.