Frontier Elementary School
Photo by Andy Towle.
With the voters’ blessing to do what it wants with Frontier Elementary, the school board Monday night said it wants to hear from the community.
Last week, voters overwhelmingly gave the school board power to sell, lease or exchange the school site.
The district mothballed the school last year to save money, moving students to Julia Randall and Payson Elementary Schools. Now, it may no longer need the aging facility on East Frontier Street.
Superintendent Ron Hitchcock suggested instead of the school board hashing out ideas on the building’s future, or putting up a For Lease or For Sale sign, to open it up to the public for ideas.
“Just open the door to the entire community and say we are now open for proposals,” he said. “I don’t know what we will get from that.”
That will keep the district open to creative ideas, Hitchcock added.
School board member Matt Van Camp supported the move. “I love that idea. Throw it out there and see what comes in.”
Hitchcock said he has heard rumblings of various ideas for the school, some collaborative with the district.
“I am thinking there might be some very creative options out there that are not just for the lease or the sale,” he said.
The board is accepting informal written suggestions now, which it will compile and present to the community.
Van Camp said any money the district makes from the school should go into a building fund so when and if enrollment numbers go up, they have money to build a new school or add to an existing facility.
“I am really concerned that the money is not going to be there,” he said when we need more room.
Finance Director Cathy Manning said any money would be set aside for capital improvements.
For more information, call the district office at (928) 474-2070.