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What to do with a deteriorating Summit County school?

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Summit County school district officials are seeking feedback from residents on the future of the deteriorating Summit Education Center ” the old Silverthorne Elementary School ” at a Feb. 12 meeting.

The building that houses alternative-education programs and a preschool is in need of repair; concerns include problems with the fire sprinklers and heating and air-conditioning systems.

A nine-member work group, including Silverthorne Town Council members and district staff, faculty and board members, has compiled a list of options for the building. The possibilities range from repairing and expanding the building to demolishing it and moving the programs elsewhere.

Use of the site for employee housing and potential for subdividing the site have been discussed, as well.

The work group will gather thoughts from the community before making a final recommendation to the Summit Board of Education at its March 24 meeting. A final decision by the board is expected by April or May, said assistant superintendent Karen Strakbein.

“We’re hoping the community shows up and gives us their input so that good decisions can be made,” she said.

At a recent school-board meeting, officials expressed a variety of ideas regarding the building.

In a report to the district, the work group suggested the alternative learning programs be kept separate from Summit High School and Summit Middle School.

Board member Erin Major, who serves on the work group, said the conclusion was reached because some alternative students had said they wouldn’t attend if the program was brought back to the high school.

“It’s very serious to them,” Major said.

But board member Jon Kreamelmeyer ” who taught the alternative program for 10 years ” said that when the alternative program was at the high school, there seemed to be better student interaction.

“There are some huge benefits,” he said.

Other issues include the potential need for another elementary school in Silverthorne.

Strakbein and the work group are expected to attend Thursday’s meeting. It will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SEC in Silverthorne at 465 Brian Ave.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.

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