The Encinitas Union School District on Thursday accepted a $10 million offer from the City of Encinitas to keep the historic Pacific View school property under public ownership.

Encinitas Union president Marla Strich​ and Encinitas council member Tony Kranz announce agreement on Pacific View property. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The announcement was made jointly by school board president Marla Strich​ and Encinitas city council member Tony Kranz at a press conference outside the school.

“Both parties agree tht the historic schoolhouse will remain on the property,” said Strich, adding that the zoning will not change.

The oceanfront property was scheduled to be auctioned, but instead the school district agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with the city to sell the property for $10 million.

Kranz said the agreement ensures that “generations that will take advantage of this historic site.”

He said efforts would be made to open the property to the public as soon as possible, but cautioned that the dilapidated shool building “may or may not be usable.”

A community group, Save Pacific View, had organized public opinion to prevent the sale of the property for development.

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.