South Routt School Board to review Song Mountain

Education officials also will discuss proposed Stagecoach charter school

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What: South Routt School Board meeting

When: 6 p.m. today, Song Mountain workshop; 7 p.m., executive session; 7:30 p.m., regular session

Where: South Routt School District administrative office, 305 S. Grant St. in Oak Creek

— South Routt School Board members tonight will discuss educational impacts of the proposed Song Mountain development near Stagecoach.

Board members heard a presentation last month from the land planner for the proposed development, which could include 272 residential lots on 900 acres overlooking Stagecoach Reservoir. Song Mountain could create the need for a new South Routt County school, with an estimated 142 children moving into the district.

South Routt School District Superintendent Scott Mader said today's workshop, which begins at 6 p.m., includes a presentation from a Routt County planning official about where Song Mountain stands in the county approval process and details about the proposal.

"I just wanted the board to have a full understanding of the process of Song Mountain," Mader said Wednesday. "We want to, quite frankly, see what we could get from Song Mountain for the school district because there will probably be more than 100 kids (who) come to the district out of that development."

Mader previously requested that developers donate land to the district for a future school. The land planner, Peter Patten, of Patten Associates in Steamboat Springs, said 46 acres on the site already had been set aside for an Oak Creek Fire Protection District station.

Patten said because of the steepness of the site, he didn't think the development included a good place to locate a school.

Also tonight, School Board members will discuss a proposed Stagecoach charter school and update $150,000 in repairs to the gymnasium at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

Organizers hope to open the charter school in time for the 2010-11 school year and plan to present an application to district officials Oct. 1.

In August, the School Board reserved taking action on the charter school until it received information from organizers about infrastructure at the site, the facility, traffic impacts and master planning.

Kim Rabon is a member of the group proposing the preschool through sixth-grade charter school, which also would provide services for children younger than preschool age. She said in August that the school could be placed on a more than 9-acre designated school site adjacent to Red Hawk Village. The Neighborhood at Young's Peak development donated the site to the district. Rabon added that the group had identified other possible alternatives to locate the school.

Mader said the gym, which caught fire when it was struck by lightning in June, could be opened Friday or early next week.

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