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Duluth School Board member Harry Welty has asked the board to reconsider its decision regarding an offer on the Central High School property. The board in late March voted against entering into negotiations with Tischer Creek Building Co., doing business for Duluth Edison Charter Schools. The nonprofit Tischer Creek had offered $14.2 million for the 77-acre property listed at $13.7 million to use as a high school. The board has a longstanding policy against selling school buildings to competitors.
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The Duluth School Board voted against negotiating the sale of the former Central High School property Thursday night in a special meeting. The board intended to vote on whether to suspend policies that prohibit the district from selling a school to another K-12 entity, but a new resolution offered by member Harry Welty to enter into negotiations with Tischer Creek Building Co., the nonprofit entity that serves Duluth Edison's building interests, replaced that vote.
Duluth schools superintendent Bill Gronseth will be staying put. A finalist for leadership positions in two school districts elsewhere in the country, he found out Thursday he was not chosen for one slot, and has withdrawn himself from consideration for the other. The Snohomish, Wash., school district, where he was one of two finalists, chose the other candidate. Gronseth said he withdrew from consideration for the position with the Rogers, Ark., school district, where he was one of four finalists.
The immediate benefit of tax relief vs. the long-term effects of a sale were two of the most pervasive arguments for or against the Duluth School Board suspending its policies regarding selling schools to competitors at a community meeting Monday night.