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East Grand school board approves $400,000 for improvements to Granby charter school

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Indian Peaks Charter School will get the permanent, spacious facility that its staff, students and parents have always dreamed, but it will not be located where they have long wanted it to be built.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the East Grand Board of Education, board members unanimously approved the school district administration’s recommendation to grant the charter school “up to $400,000” for the purchase of “a new modular facility” as well as to fund improvements for its existing modular classrooms.

However, in granting its approval, the school board stipulated that Indian Peaks must remain on its “present site,” which is located on school district property in Granby.

This is substantially different from what Indian Peaks had originally requested two months ago. It had asked the district to provide it with a total of $450,000 with $220,000 of that money going for the purchase of 1.23 acres of land in Tabernash.

Under the Indian Peak’s original proposal, the remainder of the $450,000 would have paid for the relocation of the charter school’s current modular classrooms from Granby to Tabernash. Once there, they would have been placed atop a permanent basement/lower level structure which would have been constructed on the 1.23 acre lot.

However, when this proposal was initially presented in December, both the school board and the district administration made it clear they were opposed to the idea of funding the purchase of land in Tabernash.

Prior to the board’s vote at Tuesday’s meeting, Board President Tom Sifers said that representatives of Indian Peaks, the East Grand school board and school district administration had a “very productive meeting” last week where they apparently worked out some of their differences on the charter school’s request.

Sifers said that in addition to resulting in acceptance of the Granby location, last week’s meeting also resulted in a new plan for the charter school’s permanent facility.

Under that new plan, the district will be using about $325,000 of the $400,000 to pay for the purchase and delivery of six “module classrooms” manufactured by a company called Advanced Modular Systems. These concrete prefabricated classroom buildings will be located at the current site of the Indian Peaks Charter School in Granby.

The remaining $75,000 of the $400,00 will be used to build an attachment to the charter school’s existing modular classrooms, which are trailer-like structures. One of the current modulars will be remodeled to provide the charter school with an indoor “multi-purpose/lunch room.”

At present, Indian Peaks students eat their lunches outside in a tent.

Tim Koepke, president of the Indian Peaks board of directors, said the details of the exact floor plan for the new charter school facility still has to be worked out, but it would have a total of eight classrooms as well as the multi-purpose/lunch room. Under this new plan, no basement/lower level facility will need to be constructed.

Before approving the recommendation, the board had a brief discussion about where the $400,000 should come from. Some board members said it should come from the premium money earned on the sale of the bonds approved by voters in last November’s election while others advocated that it come from money-in-lieu-of-lands funds.

The board concluded that where the money comes from can be worked out in the next few weeks.

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