Stone Creek Charter School in Gypsum plans move near Costco |

Stone Creek Charter School in Gypsum plans move near Costco

Derek Franz

Stone Creek Charter School’s Gypsum branch is moving to a location near Costco this summer.

The school opened its Gypsum branch last fall at 500 Red Table Drive, serving kindergarten through eighth grade. That location is on the first and second floor of a commercial building surrounded by pavement and the school board has always intended to move somewhere that had space for a playground and expansion. Until recently, the board had its sights set on a vacant lot at 10654 U.S. Highway 6, which would have required the school to use modular units for classrooms. Traffic safety was also a concern with that location and some expensive modifications would have been needed.

At Tuesday’s Gypsum Town Council meeting, Stone Creek School Board President Tammy Humphries announced that a better location had been found.

“We are looking at moving into the US Bank building near Costco,” she said. “It’s closer to Eagle and we’ve heard from parents there who said they would commit to the school if it were closer.”

Stone Creek School Board Vice President Kevin Kromer said the square footage of the US Bank building is similar to the Gypsum branch’s current location – about 13,000 square feet – but the configuration and location is better.

The school will need a special use permit to operate in the commercially zoned area. That is anticipated to come before council June 11 and council members were supportive of the school’s plans, urging the board to proceed on its present course.

Humphries said the Gypsum branch currently has 89 students. The target enrollment for next fall is 120 and 96 are already enrolled for that semester.

Gypsum to buy Jules Drive property from FAA

The town of Gypsum is finally going to own the property underneath one of its main roads.

Jules Drive parallels the Eagle County Regional Airport to the south. The Federal Aviation Administration controls the land and leases it to the town for the road. Now that is about to change – after eight years in the making, the town has a chance to buy the land.

At Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, the council members unanimously voted to buy the land for $97,000. The money will likely come out of the reserve fund, since this was not anticipated in the annual budget.

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