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Dubuque high school building up for auction

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Dubuque's former Central Alternative High School building is up for auction Saturday morning.

This comes after the Dubuque Community School District closed Central in June, wrapping up its final school year.

The district looks forward to a competitive sale, while some high school students miss their old stomping grounds.

"It was kind of hard to really say goodbye," former Central student Tiffany Horkheimer said. "It's hard to say goodbye to something you've been at for awhile. But you've just got to do it, you've got to move on."

She and 84 other former Central Alternative High School students now attend the Alternative Learning Center at the Forum, which is the school district headquarters.

While the former high school building now longer houses students, it still holds value.

"We've had a lot of interest," district finance and business services director Ron Holm said. "There have been at least four companies, I think perhaps, even up to seven, who have toured the building with architects and engineers, so there's very clearly serious interest."

That is good news for the district, since Holm said the building wasn't worth the funds for upkeep.

"Renovating it for educational purposes would be extremely expensive," he said.

The now-empty grounds will hold an auction Saturday morning for the building, as well as items such as chairs and tables the district doesn't need. Money raised will go toward supplies the district can use.

"The money, by law, has to be put into our PPEL fund - our Physical Plant and Equipment Levy fund - and, so, that fund can be used for a number of things: buses, computers, equipment," Holm said.

While the district looks forward to what the auction may bring, some students are cherishing what lives on in the past.

"Even though they closed Central, it's always going to be a home to us kids who got to know it," Horkheimer said.

School board members will vote at Monday's meeting to accept or reject the best bid, depending on whether the amount meets the district's expectations. However, Holm said he expects Saturday's auction to bring a reasonable price.

The auction starts 11 a.m. Saturday at the school building at 39 Bluff Street.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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