Ty Lockhart: Heritage Christian School site purchase is a win-win | SteamboatToday.com

Ty Lockhart: Heritage Christian School site purchase is a win-win

Education has always been a good, strong priority for our community. And the community historically has funded education in an unprecedented way while being prudent.

I believe the purchase of the Heritage Christian School (HCS) site by the Steamboat Springs School District presents a win-win opportunity, bringing many benefits for our children, taxpayers and the entire community.

Due to the small class sizes at HCS, some of the classrooms are smaller than usual. But there is an important fact that needs to be pointed out. The dividing walls between classrooms are non-weight bearing, meaning they are not necessary to maintain any structural support for the building. The advantage is that it enables the walls to be moved as needed; creating either larger or smaller rooms, or eliminating rooms altogether.

This allows a tremendous opportunity for flexibility and adaptability as needs change over the years. Virtually all of the classrooms have large windows facing either the local nine-hole golf course or the adjacent athletic fields, offering natural light in abundance.

The proposed purchase would be for a total of 16.56 acres. Included in that total are the HCS building of 47,450 square feet with a capacity of over 400 students and two premium soccer fields. The building has a regulation high school basketball court, a cafeteria/auditorium, 19 classrooms, administration area, a science lab and paved parking spaces. The remainder of the site could be used for school expansion, more athletic fields, gardening, studying wetlands or other outdoor education activities.

The asking price for the building is $154 per square feet. This encompasses many improvements and costs, which would normally be additional costs. Included in the price are all the wetland mitigation, flood control, acceleration/deceleration lanes on U.S. Highway 40, all the planning, architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering fees. Also, water rights are included in the sale as the fields are irrigated with raw, untreated water, thus saving on water bills.

The district’s purchase of this campus would allow immediate occupancy for some classes by the District, saving on the cost of short term modular rooms.

Heritage Christian School wishes to locate to a smaller facility that better suits its needs. The sale and relocation of HCS would ease its financial burden and allow this community asset to continue in a better fiscal state.

A person who recently toured the building said, “Wow, this is a real school building.” We will be having open houses for anyone who wishes to tour the building and see for themselves what a great opportunity this presents for our community.


Ty Lockhart

President of the Christian Heritage Foundation

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