Charter school looking for land
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Meadow Mountain Elementary is slated for demolition but not if Stone Creek Charter School has anything to say about it.
On Wednesday, representatives from the charter school approached the Eagle County school board about buying Meadow Mountain Elementary in Eagle-Vail as a permanent location for Stone Creek Charter School.
Charter school board member Ron Wolfe proposed opening up a dialogue about buying Meadow Mountain Elementary.
But Eagle County School Board member Jeanne McQueeney said her board already discussed that in the past and decided in July to demolish Meadow Mountain Elementary.
Wolfe asked the board to reconsider but McQueeney indicated the board doesn’t want to discuss it further.
Afterward, she explained that the Meadow Mountain building stands in the way of the remodel at the old Battle Mountain High School, which is next door. A redesign of the entrance will take up some of the land where Meadow Mountain stands, she said.
Commenting over speaker phone, School Board President Connie Kincaid-Strahan added the school district does not have the responsibility or the authority to educate the children at Stone Creek Charter School.
Stone Creek Charter School’s lease in Avon is set to expire June 30 and it’s unclear whether the town of Avon will renew it. On Tuesday, Stone Creek officials pitched a five-year lease extension at its present location to Avon officials. The idea met with a lot of concerns from Avon Town Council members, who have long been planning to use the land as a staging area during construction of the new bus barn on Swift Gulch Road. Charter school officials plan to come back to Avon Town Council at the next meeting to see if they can work out the lease extension and buy more time to find a permanent location.
If the school can’t get a lease extension in Avon or find an alternate location, the school’s going to go out of business, Wolfe said. The charter school is scrambling to come up with a location plan by January.
He had seen Meadow Mountain as a good solution to that problem. The school holds about 250 students, which is a good size for the growing, 210-student charter school, Wolfe said. Meadow Mountain Elementary is scheduled to be demolished in mid-July. School officials expect the project to cost about $375,000. Meadow Mountain students are moving next door into the former Battle Mountain High School building, which is being remodeled into a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school.
As an alternative to buying Meadow Mountain elementary, charter school officials are searching for a piece of land to buy in the Avon area.
It would cost about $250,000 to $400,000 to relocate the school’s modular classrooms to another property, School Board President Mike Rindone said earlier. However, the school has not been able to find a willing seller in Avon, Wolfe said.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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