ASC & Alamosa School District to vote on Evans lease/purchase agreement


At their upcoming respective meetings, The Board of Trustees for Adams State College and the Board of Education for Alamosa School District RE-11J will vote on a lease purchase agreement for Evans Elementary School.

Under the agreement, Adams State will lease and ultimately purchase the property at 108 La Veta Ave. by Jan. 1, 2014, for a total amount of $1,750,000. The parties have set a tentative closing date of Oct. 28, 2011.

School Board President Bill Van Geison said, "The School Board was committed to finding the best possible tenant for the Evans building, in order to maintain stability in the neighborhood and keep home values stable."

Evans School.

Many Adams State courses are already being taught in Evans School.

The Adams State Trustees will meet Friday, Sept. 30, to consider a resolution approving the lease purchase. That meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Luther Bean Museum, located on the 2nd floor of Richardson Hall on campus. The School Board meets Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the School District Building on Victoria Ave.

"This agreement is a win-win-win: a win for ASC, a win for the school district, and a win for Alamosa," said Adams State President David Svaldi. "This purchase is simply another milestone in the partnership Adams State has developed with the school district, its board, and Superintendent Alejo. We will continue to seek ways to work together to provide excellent learning opportunities for Alamosa and ASC students."

Chair of the Adams State Trustees Steve Valdez called the agreement "An extension of a long-term relationship between the college and school district for the good of educating students in our community."

Alamosa Superintendent Robert Alejo agreed, noting many Alamosa High School graduates go on to become Adams State alumni. "The Alamosa community invested their tax dollars the original structure, and now, as Adams State invests in the building to further its educational mission, that in turn invests money back into the school district and the community," he added.

Adams State Trustee Tim Walters pointed out that former education buildings in urban areas are often removed or repurposed. "Here, we can maximize the value of the Evans building for the highest and best use. For Adams State to build a comparable facility from scratch would cost about $7 million."

The college will develop a program plan for remodeling the building to fit its needs.

Situated on 2.7 acres just two blocks east of the college campus, Evans School includes 35,067 square feet of floor area. The college is holding 79 classes in the building this semester, until the remodeling of McDaniel Hall (formerly ES Bldg.) is completed later this fall.

"Beyond our immediate need for more classrooms because of our growth and construction, we anticipate needing flexible space to house administrative offices. It appears that state funding for a $20 million remodel of Richardson Hall may become available in the next couple of years," said Adams State Vice President for Finance and Governmental Relations Bill Mansheim.

When it was constructed in 1954 as Evans Junior High School, the building was the largest contract ever awarded to a single local contractor in Alamosa. The F.W. Oellien Construction Company also built Boyd School. Later used as an elementary school, Evans was named in honor of life-long educator Edmund Evans, who served as superintendent of Alamosa Schools from 1942-1957.

By Julie Waechter