Schools: What to do with Eagle-Vail building?
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado “-Battle Mountain High School’s old campus in Eagle-Vail, Colorado becomes vacant this fall and the Eagle County School District wants to dispel rumors about what the old building will be used for in the future.
The school board will talk about what to do with a mumber of school facilities over the next few months, and while the Battle Mountain High School Facility committee recommended moving Meadow Mountain Elementary into the building about two weeks ago, nothing has been decided yet, said Brooke Skjonsby, spokeswoman for the district.
The board’s decision will also determine how much upgrades and remodeling will cost. There’s $3 million available from the school bond voters approved in 2006, said Phil Onofrio, chief financial officer for the school district. There’s no way to know if upgrades to the building would cost more or less, but he thinks they would be more than $3 million.
One options is asking voters to approve another bond in November, he said.
The Battle Mountain High School Facility committee recommended selling the Meadow Mountain building to fund renovations for a K-8 school at the old Battle Mountain.
The committee’s recommendation to move Meadow Mountain into the old Battle Mountain building would satisfy the State Land Board, the agency that partially owns the building and property jointly with the Eagle County School District. The Land Board requires the property remain for school-use only, be it a school, a school bus garage, administrative offices or something else, said Phil Onofrio, chief financial officer for the school district.
If the school board chose to use it for something else, it would need to pay the State Land Board.
“If they can generate a profit with their land, they will,” Onofrio said.
If the school board follows the committee’s recommendation, it would then also have to decide what to do with the Meadow Mountain Elementary building next door. That building and property are owned entirely by the school district so it there would be no requirements for its future use.
The board might consider using the building for nonprofit organization offices, or it could be torn down and used for employee housing, Skjonsby said.
Onofrio said the board’s more immediate construction and upgrade concerns are for Brush Creek Elementary and Red Hill Elementary, which are both at capacity with students.
“We might not get to (discussing) Battle Mountain for weeks,” he said. “Discussions are ongoing; a decision probably won’t be made for a long time.”
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