Pittsburgh schools board votes to sell Moningside, votes against sale of Columbus

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Pittsburgh Public Schools board tonight voted against selling Columbus on the North Side for use as a charter school but in favor of selling Morningside for purchase by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

In a 4-5 vote, members Mark Brentley Sr., Jean Fink, Regina Holley, Floyd "Skip" McCrea and Thomas Sumpter voted against selling Columbus. Voting in favor were Theresa Colaizzi, Sherry Hazuda, Bill Isler and Sharene Shealey.

The proposed price was $915,000 for Columbus to be used by Propel Charter Schools, which currently leases the building for Propel Northside, which opened in 2011. The current rent is $10,000 per month. The tenant does minor maintenance, but the district has been responsible for major maintenance.

District debt on Columbus is more than $660,000. The proposed price was higher than three appraisals.

The board sold the closed Morningside School for $275,000 to the Urban Redevelopment Authority. This sale is supported by the Morningside Area Community Council.

Two members were opposed to the Morningside sale, Mr. McCrea and Ms. Shealey.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.

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