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D.C. Board Gives School to City

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The District of Columbia Board of Education has decided to transfer to the city an unfinished building originally planned as a pre-vocational center for handicapped students.

The building, which has been under construction since 1974, would cost too much money to complete, and the students it would have housed are being "mainstreamed'' into regular vocational-education classes in compliance with current federal law, according to Janice Cromer, a spokesman for the school board.

The school district has spent $8 million on the building, which has been plagued with design flaws. It would cost an additional $6 million to complete, or $2 million to demolish, Ms. Cromer said.

The board voted late last month to turn the building over to the city government in exchange for $8.1 million, an arrangement that is contingent on the availability of city funds, she said.--A.P.

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