District reveals YVEA site as Option C2 for school construction
Steamboat Springs — A new option to construct a high school on a 70-acre property on the western edge of town was revealed to community members during the latest Steamboat Springs School District facilities meeting Monday night.
Option C2 places the district’s proposed 198,000-square-foot high school on a parcel of property owned by Yampa Valley Electric Association near the West Acres mobile home park off Downhill Drive. The school board voted last week to allow Superintendent Brad Meeks to pursue negotiations with YVEA for the purchase of the property, which is due to hit the market sometime this month.
The option is now one of five scenarios under consideration by the district — others include Option A, a new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school at the district’s Whistler Park site; Option B, a new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school at the district’s Steamboat II site; Option C, a new high school at the Steamboat II site and Option D, somehow utilizing Heritage Christian School’s campus along with one of the other options.
Meeks stressed during the meeting that the district does not own or have an option on the YVEA site, a parcel once approved for the Overlook Park residential subdivision and once considered for YVEA’s new headquarters.
“We’re just showing this as an option; we don’t own the site,” Meeks said. “We’re just showing this as a potential idea. We don’t want to be presumptuous.”
Meeks said the 70-acre YVEA site would provide ample space for new sports fields or practice areas and provide additional space for future facilities expansion if enrollment continues to increase.
“Part of the plan would be to ensure the infrastructure of the new high school would be built to accommodate future additions,” Meeks said.
Another idea presented at Monday’s meeting as part of either Option C or C2 was to forgo movement of the district’s administration offices from the Seventh Street site to the current Steamboat Springs High School site, which would become the new middle school under the proposal.
Keeping the district’s headquarters where they are would allow the district’s overall enrollment capacity to increase even more under the option, Meeks said, potentially adding four more classroom spaces to the old SSHS site.
The district’s central kitchen is already moving out of the Seventh Street site next year, and the district’s preschool would be absorbed into elementary preschool sites under any of the proposed school facility plans.
Renovations could occur at the existing Yampa Valley High School wing of the Seventh Street site as part of the project, eliminating the need for a new YVHS building on another site.
Meeks said the district’s main priority is to ensure buildings have adequate capacity for students.
The discussion on facilities upgrades continues with a school board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday and school board work sessions at 5:30 p.m. June 22 and 29, all at the district office boardroom, 325 Seventh St.
Public input on the options can also be emailed to email@example.com.
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