The School Board of Alexandria Public Schools has some tough decisions ahead of them. A purchase agreement is in limbo for the district as they await approval from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The school district is still hoping to move forward with a purchase agreement on the Turning Leaf Business Center. Superintendent Julie Critz says their plan to own the building would rely on at least 50 percent of the space being leased out as a way to make the payments on the property. She says the MDE is pushing them toward 100 percent usage, which is not feasible.
The district had made steps to purchase the Turning Leaf Business Center as a way to open up classroom space at Woodland Elementary, and to them combine a number of satellite offices and other district services under one roof. Critz says the board will likely have to rescind their purchase agreement with Turning Leaf, and go back to looking for space to lease. The board has a meeting next Monday, January 27th.
You can hear our conversation about the status of the agreement, but clicking on the enclosed conversation with Supt. Critz. on the Jan. 22nd Openline program (AUDIO BELOW)