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Vail Valley: Price tags explored for old Battle Mountain high

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – The Eagle County school board this week ordered new cost estimates for converting the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail into a school for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students.

School Board President Scott Green said he expects the estimates to be ready within the next few weeks.

No set timetable exists for when the board will decide what to do with the old high school, Green said. He hopes for a decision toward the end of next month. Among the options, school officials have been talking about moving students from Meadow Mountain Elementary and Minturn Middle School into the old Battle Mountain High School.

If the board chooses that option, the school could be ready to open within two or three years, Green estimated.

The board directed its construction staff to produce the rough cost figures.

One estimate will explore using the building as a lab school. A lab school is basically the school equivalent of a teaching hospital, said Heather Eberts, the district’s executive director of elementary education.

With a lab school, teachers from colleges or other districts could come to the Eagle-Vail school to observe and collaborate with local teachers, she said. If the building becomes a lab school, it may need things like special windows for observation and conference rooms, she said.

Eberts said her team plans to explore staffing costs associated with combining Meadow Mountain and Minturn Middle students at the Eagle-Vail facility. She plans to return to the board in about two weeks with options for staffing and costs of adding specials.

As officials continue to explore the pre-K through eighth-grade concept, Nolan called for a community meeting in Minturn or Eagle-Vail on the idea. Several school board members agreed the district should set up a meeting but no dates have been set.

Potential funding sources for the school project include $3 million from a $128 million bond issue voters approved in 2006, Green said. Also, the board could dip into money the district saved when other construction projects came in under budget, he said.

Those projects include construction of the new Battle Mountain High School in Edwards and renovations at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum. Green did not have figures handy Tuesday night on how much money is available in savings.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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