Buildings, land donated to Minot Public Schools for new high school

Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 1:17 PM CDT
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The Minot Public school board added two new buildings to its properties after partnering with Cognizant to buy its campus.

The board says the property will eventually be turned into a new high school to help provide space for Magic City Campus students.

Friday's news comes following year's of effort from the district to alleviate overcrowding.

The Cognizant buildings may not look like it now, but in the coming years they will be one of Minot's newest high school campuses to alleviate overcrowding.

The school board signed the purchase agreement with Cognizant for the land and two buildings at a special meeting Friday.

Valued at $14.5 million, it cost the district a grand total of $10.

Minot Public School Board President Jim Rostad said the buildings were just what the board was looking for.

"We of course have been looking for a great deal for our school system to have a second high school for, since about 2013 at least if not before. So we're very excited about this opportunity," said Rostad.

Michelle Bacon, the Site Lead for Cognizant’s Minot campus, said the company has been working with the school board on the sale since last fall.

"It was just too large for us and so we just needed to kind of just downsize and this became available and we thought 'what a great way to use it'," said Bacon.

The campus stretches over more than 35 acres with the main building measuring at more 110,000 square feet.

Minot Public schools will be able to begin repurposing the building December 31 of next year.