The fate of the South High campus probably won't be known until only a few days before the 57-year-old school closes next month.Salt Lake Board of Education President F. Keith Stepan said Tuesday night that a board decision won't be announced until June 1 at the earliest. The school closes June 8.
The board met in an executive session before its regular meeting Tuesday night, and the South High sale was reportedly on the agenda.
The possible sale of South was also listed for discussion on the agenda in the board's open meeting. However, Stepan announced that no decision has been reached.
He said negotiators from the Salt Lake School District and the state Division of Facilities, Construction and Management will discuss the possible sale at a closed session May 23.
The state wants to buy South for a downtown campus for Salt Lake Community College and has offered $1 million. The district has sought $5 million.
Because they couldn't agree, the issue went to non-binding arbitration. An out-of-state arbitrator recommended that the district sell South to the state for $1 million - the value of the land - but it should also allow the school district to use the pool and other South facilities for 10 years for its share of the operating expenses only.
After next week's negotiating session, the issue will again be discussed by the board in a closed session June 1. Under Utah's open meetings law, discussion of sale of property may be discussed in a meeting closed to the public.
For the sale to take place, the board must support it with a two-thirds majority, or 5-2 vote.