School board mulls moving Vail Valley schools
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – The debate continues over what to do with the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail, Colorado.
Eagle County school board members on Wednesday spent more than two hours generating lists of “pros” and “cons” for nine options. Most of those options called for combing students from various existing schools in the district at the old Battle Mountain building.
In the end, school officials decided to gather more cost information before eliminating any of the scenarios.
“It’s a lot easier to reduce options if we know what the monetary value of each one is,” school board member TJ Johnson said during the meeting.
In October, the board received an estimate for turning the old high school into a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school for Minturn Middle School and Meadow Mountain Elementary students. Several board members found that price tag – $24.2 million – too high.
Because most of the options involved moving students at several schools, a smattering of other cost questions arose, such as the price of renovating Minturn Middle School. The board directed district staff to come up with relevant prices for each option.
School board member Brian Nolan asked the district staff to outline what it pegs as the best educational options. He said the board needs to look at costs after figuring out the best choices for students.
“I think we have to look at: ‘Take the money out. What’s the best possible solution?”
The board plans to revisit the old Battle Mountain high discussion Feb. 10.
Several board members said they are not leaning toward any particular option and are waiting for more information.
“I’d definitely like to hear hard numbers on how [the options] will increase students achievement and decrease costs,” school board member Ross Morgan said.
Community members wrote down their own “pros” and “cons” and a school district employee added them to the list. School officials declined to release the full list of “pros” and “cons” until the meeting minutes are approved in two weeks.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.
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