Christian school moves to S’thorne |

Christian school moves to S’thorne

Summit Daily/Reid Williams The future of the old Silverthorne Elementary School building remains up in the air as the Summit School Board weighs its options.

SILVERTHORNE – Summit County Christian School has a new home.The Summit School Board approved a lease agreement Wednesday night that allows the Christian school to move its classes to the old Silverthorne elementary school building on Brian Avenue.The Christian school will pay $75,000 to use about one third of the school, including a half dozen classrooms, office space, the gymnasium, the playground and the soccer field during the 2004-2005 school year.

“We’re blessed that this school opened up,” said Tom Williams, a Christian school parent who participated in the negotiations with the school district. “The school district gets a tenant for that space and we are getting an upgrade in facilities. It’s a big move for them and a big move for us.”Last year, the Christian school held classes at Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco and at Dillon Community Church. Students lacked classroom space and didn’t have access to gymnasiums or playing fields.”I am thrilled to see the school being used for children,” said Summit School Board president Kristy Johnson.

The Christian school negotiated with the school district throughout the summer to ensure that the arrangement would not subsidize the Christian school’s operations. In addition to the $6,250-per-month rent, the Christian school will provide in-kind janitorial services.”We landed on a number that covers our costs,” said school district business director Dan Huenneke. The term of the lease is for one year, and is renewable as long as the school district does not have any need for the space. For each year the lease is renewed, the rent will increase by 5 percent to cover typical cost increases in building operations.

“First and foremost, we’re taking a huge step up to facilitate a better learning environment for our kids. The byproduct would be greater exposure to other families and getting our name out there more to find a permanent solution down the road,” Williams said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or

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