Grand Lake board OKs elementary school transfer
After months of discussion the transfer of the Grand Lake Elementary School was approved by the Grand Lake Board of Trustees on Monday night.
The GLES has been a topic of serious discussion in the Grand Lake community for some time, but Monday night the Board of Trustees took the plunge. The school became vacant after the East Grand School District (EGSD) Board of Education voted to close the facility in 2011.
Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White explained the Board voted 6-1 to approve the transfer. In their motion approving the transfer the Board also approved the creation of a committee to explore setting up an enterprise fund for the school building, develop a business plan and direct further building uses. The committee has not been officially formed yet.
“The members will likely be set at the next meeting,” said White.
White said the committee would be comprised of the Grand Lake mayor and a number of town trustees.
“The first order of business is to finish the contract, after the East Grand School District ratifies the transfer,” said White.
White said Grand Lake Board members and himself would be attending the EGSD Board of Education meeting Tuesday night and officially informing the school district of the Town’s approval of the transfer. Tuesday morning White said the Town of Grand Lake would present the EGSD with a ceremonial check at the meeting Tuesday night. The check is strictly ceremonial as legal representatives for both Grand Lake and the EGSD continue to work out the finer details of the contract.
It now falls to the East Grand School District (EGSD) Board of Education to decide if the school district wants to go ahead with the transfer. They have previously indicated their approval of the transaction and are expected to approve the transfer in a future meeting.
The sale price for the facility has been set at $10.
After the purchase has been completed Grand Lake will distribute a survey for residents to fill out pertaining to possible uses for the school building.
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