The Boulder Valley School District is backing away from a plan to sell the University Hill Elementary building to CU, Superintendent Bruce Messinger said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. The administrative recommendation not to move forward came after the board discussed a feasibility study on the plan Tuesday in a closed-door session to allow for confidential real estate discussions.The district-commissioned study, by architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht, is expected to be made public on Wednesday. But district officials said the study showed the proposal’s costs were prohibitive.
Though the district was waiting for the results of the feasibility study before soliciting community feedback, the proposal had drawn criticism from both parents and community members.
Read More: Boulder Valley backing away from plan to sell Uni Hill Elementary to CU Boulder – Boulder Daily Camera
Recent articles in the Daily Camera reported that the Boulder Valley School District may sell the University Hill Elementary School to the University of Colorado. This magnificent building and city landmark has been part of the University Hill community of Boulder since 1905, both as a functioning and vibrant school and a focal point for our city. Historic Boulder is concerned about this potential sale because the University of Colorado has repeatedly demolished or removed buildings that were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and the university is not bound by city ordinances, including the landmarking of buildings.
Full Story: Gail K. Gray: BVSD should respect Uni Hill Elementary’s landmark status – Boulder Daily Camera
…Unfortunately, the school district is rushing towards a sale of the building and has not communicated very skillfully, nor made a convincing argument for abandoning Uni Hill’s rich tradition in favor of relocating to a to-be-built facility near New Vista High School. … I urge BVSD to take a deep breath, make time to organize meetings with the community, and promote open dialog about the pros and cons of making the sale.
Please see http://www.unihillschoolfuture.org/ for additional background.
Source: Hector Urroz: BVSD should take a deep breath on Uni Hill Elementary – Boulder Daily Camera
Thank you to Celeste Landry for monitoring and spearheading challenge to possible loss of University Hill Elementary School.
Ten neighbors attended and spoke.
As a result of the testimony Committee is recommending to School Board that since there is community awareness of proposed changes they conduct further “listening” sessions to garner public input.
We learned that BVSD has had preliminary discussions with CU to sell Uni-Hill and use the money to build a combined elementary school / high school at New Vista. BVSD is currently working with architects to conduct a Site fit and feasibility analysis to support additional development (at New Vista).
Don Orr, Chief Facilities Officer listed many “deficiencies ” with Uni Hill School that neighbors who are acutely familiar with school programming disagree with. He also said that if the feasibility analysis comes back as a non-starter this could all be moot.
It is crucial that we as neighbors stay active and aware of this issue and you can trust that Celeste and I will keep you informed.
As you may have heard, the school district is considering selling the Uni Hill Elementary School campus to CU, and CU won’t disclose what they would do with the property. All CU property is State of Colorado land not subject to Boulder jurisdiction so it is not bound by the city’s historic designation and they could raze the buildings and replace them with any use they choose.
During the 2014 bond election, we – neighbors, voters and taxpayers – were told that the Uni Hill School would be remodeled. We were basically promised that the school would remain in the neighborhood as a draw for families with young children, as a source of joyous laughter and education during the day, and as park space for neighbors during non-school hours.
BVSD will decide soon, if they haven’t already, whether or not to sell the campus to CU. (They aren’t considering any other buyers!)
This coming Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30pm, the BVSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) will meet at the BVSD Ed Center, 6500 Arapahoe Ave, in the Board Room (where the School Board holds their public meetings). You may have to enter through Security — the east side of the building, around the corner from the Board Room.
Please join your neighbors in speaking to CBOC during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting. Let’s tell them that this is a bait & switch. Even if you don’t want to speak, please come to support those who do speak. Most people leave right after the public comment period. More info at The CBOC website.
Let’s make sure that our neighborhood’s voice is heard. For more information about this issue, please visit the Uni Hill School Future website.