The Peak School Board of Trustees: Peak School seeks long-term location
Friends and families of the Peak School:
Many of you have probably had an opportunity to read the in the Summit Daily Aug. 8 regarding the Harris Street facility. The article reiterates the town’s continued interest in repurposing the building, which currently serves as the Peak School campus, into the south branch of the Summit County Libraries. Because we do not feel our viewpoint on this situation was completely and accurately articulated in this article, we felt that a letter to our friends and families that sought to clarify our stance and provide further detail regarding our future long-term plans might be in order.
First, it is important for us to emphasize that the Peak School board is currently pursuing any and all potential sites for the school going forward. With a one-year lease set to expire at the end of the school year, we have the surety of a fitting environment for this school year with the flexibility we feel we need to make proper decisions for next year and beyond. Please know that the school’s board is actively pursuing a variety of potential future locations and that finding a suitable, long-term home for the school is one of our top priorities. Together we remain optimistic that a location will be selected that meets all our central needs going forward.One of our primary considerations has been a preference to be centrally located in the county to facilitate the greatest access for all. This is one of a series of factors being weighed in respect to all plausible sites, including, but not limited to: functionality, versatility, affordability, ability to handle expansion, etc. We look forward to the input of all of our families as we narrow our search.As to the Harris Street building specifically, this is but one of the potential sites we have considered for the school. While we are pleased to call this building home for the 2012-2013 school year, we have in no way made any formal, long-term proposals about this building, nor has it been determined that this site would even be our top choice. Our communications with the town have simply been that we would like to have open discussions about the potential uses of this facility and whether or not these might meet the needs of the Peak School in the short or long term. Our concern, somewhat misrepresented in the SDN article, is that the town seems to have considered only one option for the building, while we think other uses should be considered before settling on a final decision. We would love to continue to keep the door open as to the Harris Street location, but if the town chooses to remove that option, then we will simply continue to explore the other options we have been pursuing.If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let us know. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress as we seek to find a long term building the Peak School can call home.
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