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Provo High School being sold to Brigham Young University

By Braley Dodson daily Herald - | Apr 26, 2016
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Provo High School students run on the track during practice on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Provo. The school has recently been sold to Brigham Young University, according to officials. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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File - Provo High School students gather after school on campus on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, in Provo. The school has recently been sold to Brigham Young University, according to officials. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Provo High School students practice during a dance rehearsal on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Provo. The school has recently been sold to Brigham Young University, according to officials. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Provo High School students practice during a dance rehearsal on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Provo. The school has recently been sold to Brigham Young University, according to officials. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Provo High School students practice during a dance rehearsal on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 in Provo. The school has recently been sold to Brigham Young University, according to officials. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

The Provo City School District Board of Education approved the sale of the current Provo High School property to Brigham Young University in a unanimous vote Tuesday morning.

The board approved the sale of 25 acres, including the facilities on the site, for the location at 1125 N. University Ave., to the university for $25 million. The sale does not include Fox Field, the land west of Freedom Boulevard used by the high school for some athletic facilities.

Pending geological and other studies, the sale should close in June or July.

The university has agreed to rent back to the district the facilities and grounds, including the stadium complex, for 30 months at no cost while construction on a new Provo High School takes place.

“We really wanted to work with them and have the least disruption as possible for the students,” said Carri Jenkins, a spokesperson for BYU.

The district received several offers for the land.

“I think we have an outstanding result and we are very excited,” said Julie Rash, Board President. “I am extraordinarily excited for what’s ahead.”

Board Vice President McKay Jensen said the current site has been a prominent location in the community, and he is confident the westside location for the new Provo High School will become important to the city’s future growth.

“This was an incredibly generous offer from BYU,” Jensen said.

University representatives said there are no immediate plans for the land and buildings.

“Through these many decades, Provo High School has been a good neighbor to BYU,” BYU President Kevin J Worthen said in a statement. “We wish the students, faculty and administration well as they carry on the traditions and achievement of Provo High at its new location.”

The sale was finalized at 3 p.m. Friday, and a special business meeting was scheduled soon after.

The sale was originally listed on the agenda for the board’s meeting earlier this month, but moved prior to the start of the meeting. It was the only item on Tuesday’s agenda.

The groundbreaking on the new Provo High School site will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at approximately 1300 N. Lakeshore Drive.

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