Frontier Elementary School building
Photo by Andy Towle.
Two neighbors of the empty Frontier School stood up to request open meetings on the fate of the property – if voters approve the sale, lease or exchange on the November ballot.
Former school board member and Frontier parent Eileen Daniels asked the board to allow neighbors to have a place at the negotiating table.
“If this passes on bond and gives you permission to sell, lease or exchange – I would go through the neighborhood and knock on doors to find people to see if we can be included in the conversation so we don’t see front-end loaders on the property and the buildings being torn down one day,” she said.
John Wakelin, also a resident of the area, had concerns that the former school-site keep some of the open space for the children of the area.
“If you divide Payson into four parts at the 260/87 interchange, this lower Southeast corner has no open green space,” he said, “There are a lot of children in the area and they need a place to play.”
Currently, Wakelin has gained permission from the District to open the gates each day to allow local children to play in the fields and on the playground equipment.
Barbara Shepherd said that if the voters approve the sale, lease, or exchange, the board would most definitely hold an open meeting at which time residents of the neighborhood could weigh in on the fate of the property.
“It is the friendly neighborhood thing to do,” said Daniels.
The school board agreed.