After 42 minutes of closed session negotiation Monday, the Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop (GFW) school board directed Superintendent Jeff Horton to negotiate a purchase agreement with a Burnsville company to buy the former Fairfax Middle School. After the board meeting, Horton said Retro Companies, Inc., of Burnsville made a $75,000 offer for the former school buildings and property, which was the only offer received by the school district for the property by the Oct. 2 deadline. Horton said he will meet with the Fairfax Economic Development Authority (EDA) and other interested local organizations and the school district facilities committees to gather input on what they feel are the pros and cons of selling the school and property. Horton said the school board decided to close one of the three school sites last year as a way to save money in light of the school district operating a statutory operating debt.


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