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School board to discuss Overlook site

The Steamboat Springs School District has an option to purchase this 70-acre parcel owned by Yampa Valley Electric Association. The property was once approved for a large subdivision called Overlook Park, but the project never came to fruition.

— On Monday, The Steamboat Springs Board of Education plans to discuss whether to consider extending an option to purchase the 70-acre Overlook site for future school construction projects.

The board has a contract with property owner Yampa Valley Electric Association that allows them the option to purchase the parcel off Downhill Drive on the western border of Steamboat Springs through April 8.

The property would have been purchased and used for the construction of a new district high school if last November's bond measure to fund the construction had passed, which it did not.

An original Jan. 8 deadline was extended to April 8.

"April 8 is coming up, so it's time to talk about what we want to do with that property," said Superintendent Brad Meeks.

Meeks said he'd like the board to have discussions about the future of all district-owned parcels, including property the district owns near Steamboat II and on Whistler Road.

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When asked whether he thought the community would support a school being built at the Overlook site after November's bond measure that would have funded building a high school there failed by a 4 to 1 margin, Meeks said he hopes that's a discussion the district's new steering committee will take up.

"That's something that I hope the steering committee will address," he said.

Meeks said the board would discuss whether it’s in the district's best interest to try to extend the option to purchase the Overlook site or to let it go.

"I think we're at a point to have an open dialogue with the board and the community about what we should do," Meeks said.

The board has discussed real estate during executive sessions twice in the past two months, but has not made any decisions related to the discussions.

YVEA general manager Diane Johnson said while the district has yet to ask for an extension to the April 8 option to purchase the site, the association would take it under consideration if the district did ask.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the district office boardroom, 325 Seventh St. Also on the agenda are updates from Meeks about the steering committee and about the Education Fund.

The steering committee meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the same location.

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If you go:

What: Steamboat Springs Board of Education meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 7

Where: District office boardroom, 325 Seventh St.