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Sale of Former Redfield Middle School Blocked Temporarily

Plaintiffs say the building has too much historical value.
LITTLE ROCK, AR --  A Jefferson County judge blocked the sale of the former Redfield Middle School after plaintiffs argued the site has historical value and should be preserved.

"The citizens are tied to it emotionally," said Tony Lawhon, the city's Mayor.

The White Hall School board started the bidding process to sell the property, but some concerned people asked for a temporary injunction.

"The building itself is an educational experience," Lawhon said.

The group's attorney used a marker on the school as evidence to show the building was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1939.

"The school district should have the same interest as anyone else," said attorney Paul Byrd. "Preserving a historical, cultural jewel that is right there."

"We are moving forward with our plans and anticipate filing a motion to dismiss very soon," the White Hall superintendent stated in response.

A hearing is scheduled for July 27.
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