Re-2’s better bets for new high school site |

Re-2’s better bets for new high school site

Finally, the Friends of Peach Valley have come forward with alternate sites for the new Garfield County Re-2 high school.Realtor Dave Struif has proposed a 48-acre site on the east side of Silt, just outside the town limits. It’s not a perfect spot. It straddles Highway 6 & 24, and the bigger part is split into two levels.But it is within 500 feet of town utility lines, and would be an easy candidate for annexation. It may cost a bit more than the Peach Valley site can be sold for, Struif said, but that higher price tag would be more than offset by lower development costs.Another member of Friends of Peach Valley, Lisa Martin, has also suggested the Faas property on the east side of Castle Valley Ranch in New Castle. It’s near a developed soccer field and close to the school district’s fastest-growing community.We commend Struif, Martin and their Peach Valley neighbors for these suggestions.In this day and age, opponents have got to do more than fire off complaints. They must propose viable solutions that do a better job of meeting community needs.Now it’s time for the Garfield Re-2 School Board to take a serious and objective look at these proposals. They must weigh development costs, access, growth trends, expansion potential and student safety.This newspaper favors locating the new high school directly adjacent to Silt or New Castle.Last November, we urged Garfield Re-2 district voters to support the tax increase and bond issue that will build the $18 million school. We also called on the school board to look for a better site than rural Peach Valley.It is inevitable that commercial growth will spring up around the school. Far better for it to occur in a town than in one of the county’s last scenic farming areas.The school board has two bona fide alternatives on the table. We hope board members will look long and hard and make the best choice for the future.

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