Duluth Schools to sell Central High School for $8 million

Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 6:07 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- After eleven years and a failed attempt, Duluth Public Schools announced Monday they have reached a new agreement to sell old Central High School for $8 million.

The purchase agreement was made during a special school board meeting.

They plan to sell the property on the top of the hill to Chester Creek View, LLC.

There was no immediate word on their plans for the property.

“The board unanimously approved moving forward with the purchase agreement,” said Board Chair Jill Lofald. “This is an exciting next step which will be beneficial for our schools and our community.”

The purchase agreement is contingent on the demolition of the Central High School.

“I am very pleased that the district is moving forward with the sale of Central High School for more than the asking price,” Superintendent John Magas said. “It will be helpful in providing additional resources to the students and families of the district, and will be a wonderful development opportunity for the city of Duluth.”

The Duluth School Board approved a bid of $810,000 for the demolition of the building last month.

The demolition is expected to start and be completed this fall.

The school district also plans to construct some of its transportation facilities on the chunk of the property they kept.

The Duluth School District reached an agreement for the old Central High School property earlier this year, but in March, announced the sale fell through.

The building has been empty since 2011 when the Duluth School District closed Central and consolidated into two high schools.

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