The Salt Lake Board of Education expects to sign the contract next week selling South High to the state for $1 million.
The old high school will be used as a branch campus of Salt Lake Community College.In a 5-2 vote, the board agreed to the deal after an executive session Thursday. The vote was identical to one taken in June when the board tentatively decided to sell the building and campus. Members Carolyn Kump and Lorna Matheson voted against the sale both times.
Under the terms of the contract, the board will receive $25,000 when the contract is signed and $975,000 later, said district spokeswoman Jan Keller.
The state also has agreed to provided up to $200,000 in concurrent enrollment credits, which are essentially tuition waivers, on a space-available basis to Salt Lake School District students. Concurrent enrollment allows high school students to take college classes and earn college credit while still in high school.
The deal also will let the school district to have continued access to South's swimming pool. East and Highland High swim teams will continue to use it.
The Columbus School for the disadvantaged and disabled will continue to use the metal-welding shop and the district will have use of the food freezers.
Keller said use of these facilities will be possible because the district will foot a share of the operating costs.
Some minor details involving pieces of equipment still need to be worked out before the contract can be signed, Keller said.
Once the deal is closed, the state plans to begin building renovation.