City Council, School Board Set Sharing Agreement
In separate Monday meetings, the Sioux City School Board and Sioux City Council nearly simultaneously approved a sharing agreement that will allow the district to re-purpose unused portions of the downtown public museum for specialty courses.
The school district in mid-July approved a purchase agreement with Museum Building Property Inc. to pay $1.5 million for 75,000 square feet of the building at 607 Fourth St. That purchasing-process step necessitated the new lease agreement between the city and the district.
The city council voted first on the agreement, passing it 4-0, with Councilman Dan Moore — who serves as the school district’s legal counsel on real estate matters — abstaining. The school board followed just over an hour later with a 7-0 vote, so the 50-year lease has been set, at $1 per year.
The lease says common area charges will be split between the museum and the school district based on the square footage used. The museum will be responsible for 45 percent of the costs with the exception of the elevators, where it will be responsible for 20 percent.
The move is seen by the district as a more centralized way to offer Life Academy and Career Academy courses, which have previously been spread through all three high schools — West, North and East — as well as Western Iowa Tech Community College and the downtown Ho-Chunk Centre. The classrooms could be converted by the 2018-19 school year.
by Bret Hayworth