Westside schools:
D-11 restarts on sale of old Bristol

       District 11 is forming a new plan for selling the original Bristol School property at 730 N. Walnut St.
       The 1.1-acre property has sat vacant since the Bijou School left there after the 2008-09 school year. A local developer with plans to develop it for commercial and residential uses had contracts on it for about a year and a half, but could not obtain bank lending before his deadline last June.
       Kris Odom, D-11 procurement director, said that staff discussed the subject with the school board in recent weeks, asking: “Do we just sit on our hands or consider hiring a Realtor?”
       She elaborated that she has been working with D-11 Facilities to put together a request for proposals (RFP) to use in hiring a real estate agent; at the same time, “we've gotten some calls of interest, so we're waiting to see if they will come to fruition.”
       The latter course would be preferable because it would save the district the cost of hiring an agent, but the district also doesn't like having the property remain unused. “We want to be reasonable,” Odom said.
       She expects that the RFP will be necessary. In that case, it would probably be ready in a few weeks. “It would be a competitive process, to see which agent would have the best approach to selling the property,” she said. A possible method of payment would be a percentage of the sale, she added.
       The school board would not need to approve an RFP, but would need to approve any sale, she said.
       The district's asking price for the property had previously been $315,000, but Odom said that Facilities is developing an “updated estimated value of the property,” which will be helpful to the district in working with an agent, who probably would come up with an estimate of his/her own.
       The Bristol School was at 730 N. Walnut from 1891 to 1973, when the current Bristol was built two blocks to the north.
       West night at restaurant
       Supporters of West Middle School are asked to order meals at the Chick-Fil-A, 575 Garden of the Gods Road, Monday, Oct. 17 between 5 and 8 p.m.. The reason is that 15 percent of the sales will go to the school during that time for those who tell the restaurant that's what they want.
       According to Andrea Warner, a school volunteer, other upcoming West “spirit nights” will be Nov. 14 at the Chipotle on Garden of the Gods Road and at a date to be determined at the Papa Murphy Pizza in the Red Rock shopping center.
       The spirit earnings will be used by the school, chiefly for classroom supplies. Such needs have become greater this year because of District 11 budget cutbacks, Warner said.
       Bijou hosts breakfast
       A community pancake breakfast will be hosted in the Bijou School gym Saturday, Oct. 22 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
       The public is welcome. The school is at 2904 W. Kiowa St. The breakfast will include a beverage also. A donation of $3 is requested.
       The school fundraiser is being organized in conjunction with Pikes Peak United Methodist Church, with the money going for students' “general school needs,” according to Principal Kathryn Presnal.
       The Bijou School is a choice-only alternative high school in District 11.

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