School district looks for Minturn tenants
Vail, CO Colorado
MINTURN, Colorado – Wanted: Tenants for the Minturn Middle School building.
With students set to move to Eagle-Vail this coming fall, The Eagle County School District plans to rent out space inside the Minturn school. The district is collecting proposals from the community for possible uses in the building. The proposals are due Jan. 13.
Ray Scott, the district’s director of construction, said no one has turned in proposals yet but half a dozen people attended a mandatory tour of the school earlier this month.
Some people in Minturn say they prefer an educational use in the circa-1973 Minturn Middle School building.
“I never wanted it to close,” Minturn Councilwoman Shelley Bellm said. “I’d like to see it stay a school.”
A committee consisting of school representatives and Minturn Manager Jim White will be reviewing the proposals. The committee plans to bring a final recommendation to the school board Feb. 9.
Middle school students are moving into the former Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail. The district is remodeling that facility into a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school. Through leasing the Minturn Middle School building, Scott said the district hopes to offset the cost to maintain it. The district puts that cost at roughly $290,000 per year, or $4.53 per square foot.
Several groups have expressed interest in leasing the building, including:
• Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy: The school currently occupies a wing inside Minturn Middle School. The Eagle County school board has not yet decided where the academy will be located next year. Ski and Snowboard Club Vail plans to submit a proposal supporting the academy staying where it is, club executive director Aldo Radamus said.
“I think it’s the ideal environment,” he said. “Many of the athletic facilities to support the program already exist there.”
The building also provides plenty of extra space for the growing school, which has tripled its enrollment since it opened, Radamus said.
• Stone Creek Charter School: With the school’s current lease in Avon set to expire June 30, school officials are searching for another location. Stone Creek representatives are considering submitting a proposal to lease Minturn Middle School, school spokesman Ron Wolfe said.
“The biggest concern is they wish to rent it and that’s not exactly the best long-term strategy for us,” he said.
As an alternative, Stone Creek officials are also looking for land or a building in the Avon area where they could move the school, he said.
• Eagle River Fire Protection District: The fire district wants to use about three classrooms for its resident firefighter academy, fire chief Charlie Moore said. The program draws about 20 students from across the country for training sessions. Last year, the program took place in the former Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail but fire officials are always looking for space for the program, Moore said.
“We are challenged to find adequate classrooms and training grounds for that academy,” he said.
• SOS Outreach and Meet the Wilderness: These groups want to continue to use the cafeteria and gym inside Minturn Middle School as a staging area for summer wilderness trips, SOS Executive Director Arn Menconi said. In the past, the school district allowed SOS to use the space in exchange for SOS providing winter programs to students in the district. Menconi hopes to continue that arrangement.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.