Proposal to extend Propel's lease pulled from Pittsburgh school board's agenda

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A proposal to extend the lease of the charter school Propel Northside was pulled from the agenda of the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight.

After a board discussion, Ron Joseph, chief operations officer, removed the item from the agenda.

Details of the proposed lease had not been finalized, and there were questions about whether the district would sell the school to Propel.

Columbus is on the list of closed school buildings up for sale, with an asking price of $930,000. In November, the board turned down an offer of $915,000 to sell Columbus to be used by Propel.

The district closed the school in 2006. Propel opened its school as a tenant in 2011. Last fall, its rent was $10,000 per month. As a tenant, Propel has been responsible for minor maintenance, but the district has been responsible for major maintenance.

District debt on Columbus last fall was listed at more than $660,000.

Built in 1965, Columbus has about 99,155 square feet and is on nearly four acres on Buena Vista Street.

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.

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