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Steamboat Springs School Board discusses future of 7th Street building

Teresa Ristow

— The future of the Steamboat Springs School District's administration offices was the focus of a school board meeting Monday night.

Board members discussed an option to preserve the original portion of the building and renovate it to adequately house district offices and Yampa Valley High School or an option to sell the building and use the profits and savings from not renovating to build onto the future high school site.

"The recommendation would be not to put money into this building, based on what the retail value might be," said owner's representative Jeff Chamberlin or RLH Engineering.

The option to renovate the original structure on Seventh Street at a cost of $1.2 million is included in the district's master plan document, which was presented to the board in June.

Renovations in the plan include roof repair and replacement at a cost of $210,000, and several upgrades to bring the building up to American Disabilities Act codes.

"I have a lot of heartburn about spending any money on this building," said board member Scott Bideau.

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Board members inquired about the cost of building new district offices as part of the potential upcoming bond projects as opposed to renovating the existing space, and Chamberlin said he could easily provide the amounts this week.

"It's going to cost less to build it today, than it will at some point in the future,” said Board President Roger Good.

By the end of Monday's meeting, some board members seemed most comfortable with the idea of putting off renovations to the district administration building, potentially putting the property on the market and building new district offices and YVHS classrooms elsewhere.

The board discussed that by taking the Seventh Street renovations out of the upcoming bond project, the $1.2 million could be put toward a higher percentage of contingency money for the upcoming bond.

Then if the contingency weren't needed, the district could potentially use the money for additional "wish list" renovations currently left out of the bond.

About $10 million was cut out of earlier drafts of the master plan to bring the total potential bond amount down to $92 million.

Earlier in Monday’s meeting, three parents spoke during public comment, each in support of the district’s plan to build a new high school and make capital improvements across district buildings.

The board will continue its discussion on the bond during its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

The board is expected to approve a bond question for November during its Aug. 24 meeting.

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