Charter school rejoices in Avon deal
AVON, Colorado – Stone Creek Charter School has found a home.
The school – a public school chartered by the state, not the local school district – is a clear winner in the settlement of a multi-party lawsuit between the town of Avon and the Traer Creek Metropolitan District and its developers and financial backers. Toward the end of the complex agreement signed Oct. 11 is a “School Site Dedication” section. That section details how Traer Creek and the town will give Stone Creek about 3.6 acres for a school site.
It’s choice real estate, too, on the southwest side of the roundabout at East Beaver Creek Boulevard and Post Boulevard. That site is now being used to store equipment being used in Xcel Energy’s gas pipeline replacement project. It will take two or three months to finish the settlement, but in the meantime, school officials will be busily working on plans for a new, permanent, home.
The school spent its first five years on leased land in Avon. But the town last year didn’t extend that lease, because it needed the property as a construction staging area for a new municipal transportation and public works facility.
Stone Creek was able to find a temporary home in a couple of places in Edwards – the old Vail Christian High School buildings at Gracious Savior Lutheran Church and the new Edwards Interfaith Chapel. The school’s board of directors has spent much of the last year trying to find a way to buy property in Edwards, but hasn’t been able to swing a deal.
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Stone Creek board president Ron Wolfe said the land donation will make building a permanent home a lot easier. So will re-using the original modular classroom buildings.
“This opens up a whole new world for us,” Wolfe said. And, he said, having a school at the Village at Avon could open a new world for the development, too.
“It’s a great thing for the town and the village,” Wolfe said. “Now it’s not just a place to go buy stuff.”