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Aspen School District braces for teacher hotel bill

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Michael Faas The Aspen Times

ASPEN – The Aspen School District may have to put teachers up at the Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass Village in August if a new 15-unit housing project isn’t finished in time.

The district has budgeted $19,000 for the potential lodging expenditure.

School board member Laura Kornasiewicz, the board’s point person on the housing project, recently said the rental units, under construction in Snowmass Village, aren’t expected to be ready for occupancy until Sept. 1. The district’s housing contracts, however, run from Aug. 1 to July 31.

Though the district hopes the housing project will be ready before September – ideally by Aug. 1 – it is prepared to provide hotel rooms if need be, said Superintendent John Maloy.

“We hope we don’t have to do that,” he said. “But we don’t want to have teachers have to incur any additional costs if they cannot get into their housing on Aug. 1.”

It’s also possible the district will be storing furniture and other belongings for tenants of the new housing, either on campus or in rental storage space, Maloy said.

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The housing, in three modular buildings, includes seven one-bedroom units, seven two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit. It is located on Owl Creek Road, between the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Fairway III Townhomes.

All of the units have been assigned, according to Maloy. In some cases, teachers in other district housing are moving to the Snowmass apartments and must be out of their old units by Aug. 1 so new occupants can move in. Some newly hired teachers will also be housed in the new Snowmass units.

Kornasiewicz indicated 10 of the 15 apartment occupants, some presumably with families, would be put up at the Silvertree.

If the lodging is needed, it may be for just part of the month of August, Maloy said.

Kate Fuentes, district finance director, said it’s her understanding that the district will get a favorable rate at the hotel if it needs to house staffers there.

With the new housing in Snowmass Village, the district will have 43 units at its disposal, according to Kornasiewicz.

“For the first time in a long time, everyone who said they wanted a unit has one,” she said.

The school year for staff begins with new-teacher orientation on Aug. 19-20, Maloy said.

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