Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shut school may get film role

Valerie Olander / The Detroit News / September 24, 2008

HOWELL -- Howell Public School's $70 million Parker High School, which closed after only one year because a lack of funding, could re-open -- but only for 12 weeks -- to be used as a backdrop for a Hollywood film.

The school district was in negotiations on Tuesday with the Michigan Film Office and Parallel Media, which plans to lease the school building for about $100,000, and pump as much as $6.5 million into the local economy. About 100 crew members are expected to stay in local hotels, dine in restaurants and shop in downtown Howell, beginning as soon as next month.

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