Options weighed for old Eagle-Vail school
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – School officials are weighing options for the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail, Colorado.
An architecture firm has been looking into prices for several possibilities. They include:
• Using the building as a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school. Students from Meadow Mountain elementary and Minturn Middle schools would move into the space.
• Using the building as an elementary school. Meadow Mountain students would move into the building.
School officials have been reviewing suggestions a community focus group made for the old Battle Mountain High School, School Board President Scott Green said. He expects a discussion on the topic at the next school board meeting on Sept. 23.
The district received an appraisal on a portion of the property the state land board owns. The state land board owns about half the property, Green said. Officials declined to release the results of the appraisal at this time.
The state land board places restrictions on what the district can do with its land, Green said.
“As long as we use the state land board parcel for an educational use, it’s ours for eternity,” he said. “When we vacate that use, they take it back.”
Hypothetically, the school district could buy the state land board parcel, Green said. Under that scenario, the district could use the land for a variety of purposes, anything from employee housing to space for nonprofits, Green said. The district could even sell the land.
“That’s not our intention: to buy it and turn around and sell it,” Green said. “But it would open the door for a lot of options for future boards to do what makes sense for the school district on that parcel.”
Classes at the new Battle Mountain High School in Edwards begin Monday. Money for the $65 million school comes from a $128 million bond voters approved in 2006 for school construction projects.