LANSING | A retired teacher has bought the former Luther East High School, with plans to convert it into a private elementary school for children from the south suburbs.
Ken Peach, a Schererville-based sales associate for Coldwell Banker, said Friday the deal to sell the property to Medina Bailey and her husband, Steve, became final in mid-October.
Peach could not say how much the property sold for, although in September the selling price was listed at $700,000. Medina Bailey, who previously taught at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, refused to say how much she and her husband paid for the property, which closed once the final class graduated in May.
But Bailey, who since retiring from public education has worked with the Nurturing Developmental & Learning Academy that has facilities in Burnham, Calumet City and South Holland, said she would like to continue her work with those young children by developing a private school.
She hopes opening her first classes at the former Luther East property at 2750 Glenwood-Lansing Road in January or February, with one class. She then would add a grade level each year until the facility eventually had students from kindergarten through eighth grade.
“I just think that a private school can pay more attention to the individual students than a public school can,” she said, adding that her facility would not be affiliated with any specific religious denomination.
She said she envisioned having students come from Lansing, as well as surrounding communities such as Glenwood, Lynwood, Munster and Dyer.
Tuition has not been set for the proposed school, but Bailey said she realizes the need to keep it affordable.
“We’d need to keep it competitive,” she said, while offering up a tentative figure of $100 per week per student.
Bailey has a doctoral degree from Loyola University Chicago and taught both English and science during her years at Hillcrest High School, she said.
She said she plans to distribute fliers with information about the proposed school in coming months, while also using the sign board at the Luther East campus to direct people to a yet-to-be created website that also would let interested parents know about her ideas.
But she said little is definite about her proposal, and she hopes to have a meeting with Lansing Village President Norm Abbott in the near future to get his input.