Renovated Eagle-Vail school nears completion |

Renovated Eagle-Vail school nears completion

NWS New School 1 DT 1-19-11

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Almost every dime spent on the new Homestake Peak school is staying local.

So far, general contractor Evans/Chaffee is keeping just over 85 percent of the $10.5 million project with local companies, said Chris Evans.

“That’s important to us, and 85 percent of the work is staying local,” Evans said. “We made a concerted effort to make sure of that.”

The school board and some district officials toured the building Wednesday morning, as crews worked around them. When it’s done, Homestake Peak students will range from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

It’s scheduled to open this fall.

As speeches rolled and people were thanked and acknowledged for helping move the project forward, a workman sporadically whacked a chisel with a hammer – ringing out the real sound of a work in progress.

Parents, students and others voted on the name, and the colors and mascot.

They’ll be your fighting Falcons, and the colors will be light green and Navy blue, announced Missi Carpenter, the school’s principal.

Homestake Peak consolidates Minturn Middle School and Meadow Mountain Elementary School. Fifth-graders from Red Sandstone Elementary School in Vail will also head to Homestake Peak for middle school.

Right now, the students attend classes in Minturn Middle School, in Minturn’s Maloit Park.

The change of address will not mean a change of curriculum, Carpenter said. They’re adding music, Spanish classes and some other programs, but the school’s expeditionary learning program remains the centerpiece.

Most of the newly renovated building is in the old Battle Mountain High School building. When the new $63 million BMHS opened in Edwards, it opened the Eagle-Vail/Dowd Junction site for the massive renovation.

The district’s annual debt payment will be about $475,000. Consolidating Meadow Mountain Elementary and Minturn Middle School should cover the annual payments, said school district officials, who calculate the consolidation will save about a half million dollars a year on utilities, maintenance and cutting duplicate staff positions.

Meadow Mountain Elementary stands adjacent to the old Battle Mountain High School, but won’t for long. It’s slated for demolition this summer. It will cost about $375,000 to knock it down, and that’s included in the project budget, said Ray Scott with the school district.

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