Breckenridge’s Kinderhut gets another year |

Breckenridge’s Kinderhut gets another year

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BRECKENRIDGE ” The Kinderhut childcare and ski school at Peak 9 will continue to operate as-is in its present location for another year.

Breckenridge Mayor Ernie Blake and Breckenridge Ski Area executive Roger McCarthy announced the extension in a conference call Tuesday morning.

“Ernie and I have been talking about this for a while,” said McCarthy, vice president of Vail Resorts mountain division and chief operating officer for Breckenridge Ski Area. “The point I wanted to make year ago is, let’s put a sense of urgency to this,” McCarthy said, lauding the town for the progress it has made tackling the childcare issue over the past 12 months.

Breckenridge is eyeing a piece of land near the police station for a new childcare center and has set aside funds to build the facility.

“We’re looking to the ski area to help us in that regard,” said Mayor Blake. The town council is slated to discuss financial details of the partnership during an executive session at its Feb. 13 meeting. Blake said he was hopeful he could discuss the agreement in more detail after the meeting.

McCarthy said his company’s financial commitment to partnering with the town on childcare is still subject to approval by the VR board of directors.

Additionally, the town appears prepared to help carry part of the operational costs of operating the new center, at least for the next six years, based on revenue from a voter-approved mill levy that expires in 2013.

Town officials are hopeful that the new center will be built, or at least well under way, a year from now.

“I’m still a little stunned,” said Kinderhut owner and operator Craig Root. “I’m still digesting it all. Vail is doing a great thing for the community and the town,” Root said, expressing personal thanks to McCarthy and Blake, as well as his local clientele. Root said he expects to continue his operations unchanged for the next year.

“That’s fantastic,” said Alma resident Nancy McDowell, who has two children enrolled at Kinderhut. “I didn’t think it was going to happen. I didn’t really have any other options at this time. There just aren’t a lot of options for the younger kids,” she said. “This pretty much solves one of my looming problems.”

McCarthy said Vail Resorts plans to use the Kinderhut space for its own childcare operation a year from now.

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