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Eagle Co. school district hunting for new offices

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado” The school district is looking for a new home.

School leaders say their current office in Eagle, built in 1976, is too small. A growing staff of 36 is spread out among six satellite offices to make room.



This means in the near future, the district will have to move, and either rent, buy or build a new office.

“We can’t have people spread out all over the county, and bringing them under one roof will bring us efficiency in our operations,” said Phil Onofrio, chief financial officer for the district.



At the same time, there is only a year-and-a-half left on Red Canyon High School’s lease in Eagle, and the district’s transportation facility in Eagle is also running out of room.

School officials are seriously considering two options.

The first includes building a new office on school district land, which would cost around $5.5 million. The district has open spots near its current home by Eagle Valley Middle School.



When the new building is finished, Red Canyon High School could move into the old district building, which would need about $1 million in renovations to work as a school. This would also allow easy expansion of the transportation facility.

The district is also considering buying and renovating the Eagle Medical Clinic on Chambers Avenue, which would cost around $2.3 million. Red Canyon would still move to the old school district building. The downside to this option is that the Eagle Medical Clinic wouldn’t have room for the district’s technology department, which would move into a space at Eagle Valley Middle School and require about $1 million in renovations, Onofrio said.

Other possibilities were explored but not recommended, such as moving into the soon to be vacated Battle Mountain High School or renting space in the Traer Creek building, Seasons building or Vail Valley Medical building.

One big question will be how to pay for the move. There could be leftover money from the 3B bond approved in November 2006, the district could trade or sell assets, or it could start buying certificates of participation, which act sort of as loans.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.


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