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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-08-11

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The fate of the sale of Eagle School may rest with the court.

All Eyes On Eagle

Lawsuit is filed over the way school
was sold to Islamic Cultural Association.

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wo Jewish community members are the plaintiffs
in a lawsuit filed July 29 against the Farmington
Public Schools and-its board of education, seek-
ing an injunction to halt the sale of the former Eagle
Elementary School building to the Islamic Cultural
Association (ICA).
The case has garnered headlines because of a conten-
tious June 14 school board meeting where it unanimously
approved the sale. At the meeting, charges of anti-Muslim
racism against some of the opponents of the sale were
made by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
and the Michigan Anti-Defamation League (ADL). These
thoughts were echoed by a representative of the Michigan
office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
and some private individuals. Opponents of the sale
denied the charges, claiming they had not adequately been
informed of the process and the board had violated its
own rules as well as its responsibility to the community.
Opponents threatened both a lawsuit and a campaign to
recall board members.
Farmington Hills residents Eugene Greenstein and
Melvyn C. Sternberg — who both live near the former
school at 14 Mile and Middlebelt in West Bloomfield —
are named as plaintiffs in the suit filed in Oakland County
Circuit Court. The suit will be heard by Judge Rae Lee
Sternberg is identified in the suit as a "real estate pro-
fessional" who contacted the school district on behalf of
potential buyers of the property. He says he was told


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