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Published April 14 2010

Fargo School District offers Woodrow for $1.8 million

Woodrow Wilson Community High School is up for sale.

The Fargo School Board on Tuesday approved listing the school building near downtown Fargo for $1.8 million.

“(We’re) optimistic it can sell within a year and a half,” board President Dan Fremling said.

The building currently houses the Community High School, which will move in the fall of 2011 to Agassiz School.

The board also approved requesting a letter of determination for the 1910-era building to show its eligibility to receive tax credits for historic building preservation.

Board member Jim Johnson said that they hope that will improve the building’s marketability.

The school is at 315 N. University Drive.

The board Tuesday also approved requesting the administration to formulate terms for leasing space at Agassiz School.

Besides the Community High and the district’s professional development center, there will be space available in the building, which currently houses Fargo ninth-graders.

In the meantime, the 1950s-era building will undergo $2 million in renovations, which the board also approved Tuesday, to upgrade its mechanical systems.

Dan Huffman, the assistant superintendent of business services, said the upgrades will be made this summer and next summer.

The school board also approved that the administration begin legal action against Contemporary Builders of Fargo.

The company did work on the school district’s Trollwood Performing Arts School in south Moorhead and the ceiling has cosmetic issues, Johnson said.

He said they hope the company is able to remedy the problem before the district needs to pursue litigation.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515