Summit school slated for demolition |

Summit school slated for demolition

Robert Allen
Silverthorne, CO Colorado

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado ” The deteriorating Summit Education Center in Silverthorne is slated to be demolished this summer after Summit School Board’s unanimous approval of the move on Tuesday.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Board President Christine Scanlan said Wednesday. “That school had such a history with our community.”

Built in 1972, the structure at 465 Brian Avenue is used for alternative education and preschool programs. It served for many years as Silverthorne Elementary.

The board will discuss relocation for the programs at its April 7 meeting, which is to occur at the SEC building, district spokeswoman Julie McCluskie said Wednesday.

The decision for demolition was made following recommendations from the SEC work group ” a nine-member group including Silverthorne Town Council members and district staff, faculty and board members ” which took public input into consideration.

The district is expected to maintain ownership of the 10-acre property, and the grass fields are to be kept open to the public, according to the work group’s recommendation.

Scanlan said the structure’s site is to be reseeded “so it’s not just a bare patch.”

“It will look nice and be aesthetically pleasing to the community ” a nice open-space parcel,” she said.

The structure’s deterioration would have cost an estimated $3.5 million to reverse. Improvements would have included architectural, mechanical and electrical refurbishment, fire code-related improvements and more.

The site could eventually be used for future campuses or schools. Another work group is to be convened no later than September 2009 to “explore the future needs of programming for the site,” according to the SEC work group recommendations.

“The work group on that did a really great job involving the community and getting a lot of input, and they made a great decision for that site,” Boardmember Erin Major said Wednesday. “It’s a great location for campuses of many sorts.”

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