Friday, February 14, 2014

New charter school finds a home

Syringa Mountain School to locate in southeast Hailey

Express Staff Writer

    Syringa Mountain School, Blaine County’s only stated-funded charter school, announced Thursday that it has finalized a location for the school in southeast Hailey.
    The school, for grades K-5 and set to open this fall, will be located at 4021 Glenbrook Drive. According to a news release, the Syringa board of directors has approved and signed a four-year lease for what it describes as a 17,600-square-foot, two-story “big green building.” The building is currently a storage facility with a small apartment, balconies and bathrooms downstairs and upstairs.
    The news release describes the building as “more than we had hoped for.”
    Locating on Glenbrook Drive is only a temporary solution. The news release states that Syringa will continue to search for a permanent location during the next four years.
    Syringa will take occupancy of the building on Saturday to begin design and building modifications to accommodate the school. Syringa is also working with architects to identify best traffic flow patterns, parking options and suitable hours of operation.
    “It is rare to be able to lease a space that is essentially empty, allowing us to build out our classrooms, offices and common areas to suit our needs and our particular educational methodology,” stated Syringa board Chairman Greg Bloomfield.
    The announcement signifies that Syringa has abandoned an earlier plan to build its facility in the China Gardens area of west Hailey, a prospect that drew harsh criticism from area residents. In January the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission denied approval of the proposed facility design.

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