South High is finally on its way to becoming a branch campus for Salt Lake Community College.
The State Board of Regents voted Friday to approve a contract purchasing the school for $1 million plus $200,000 in concurrent enrollment credits, which would basically be tuition waivers for Salt Lake School District students attending college classes. The actual contract has not been written yet.
The regents' action came only three days after the Salt Lake Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve the sale to the state and followed months of negotiations between the school district and the state.
Wm. Rolfe Kerr, Utah commissioner of higher education, said the conversion of the high school into a community college campus will have "longstanding benefit to the (Higher education) system and especially to Salt Lake Community College."
Gov. Norm Bangerter also praised the acquisition in a press release issued by his office. The governor characterized the school district's decision to sell to the state as "based on good financial and educational advantages for the state, the college and the school district."