Town of Silverthorne to discuss day care site at Smith Ranch
Discussions between county and school district officials surrounding building a daycare or early learning center in Silverthorne may involve town council, if council members so choose.
During their meeting starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, council members will consider appointing a representative to the ongoing meetings.
Previously, the town and county have had a “handshake” agreement to partner on a daycare site as part of the Smith Ranch affordable housing development – and included the concept as part of an initial design proposal before it was dropped.
According to town documents, Summit School District has initiated talk of building an early learning facility, separate from existing elementary schools, that could relieve classroom pressure in Silverthorne and Dillon Valley schools. Documents state they’ve expressed interest in the Smith Ranch property, as they’re saving the Summit Education Center site in Silverthorne for a future elementary school, if growth warrants.
The county has indicated a voter-approved measure provides some funding for a daycare center, and indicates Silverthorne is a priority location for a facility.
Also at the meeting, town council members plan to:
• Meet in executive session to receive legal advice and to instruct negotiators on issues surrounding construction of the new Blue River Trail segment,
• Hear a summary from the Interstate 70 Coalition meeting in mid-January, and
• Consider providing an audit exemption for the South Maryland Creek Ranch General Improvement District, which had less than $500,000 in revenues or expenditures in fiscal year 2010. The state allows for exemptions if such conditions are met. Audits are necessary for governments and districts providing separate annual financial statements.
– Janice Kurbjun
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