Sunday, May 23, 2010
Bent Mountain School Up for Bids?
My pal Eldon Karr of Appalachian Architects, who lives on Bent Mountain and is active in the community, sent me the following e-mail he just received from Roanoke County Board of Supervisors member Ed Elswick:
"The school board is going to lease the [Bent Mountain Elementary] school facility and is preparing to do so. I assume the community will be allowed to bid. Yesterday, I was shown a draft of an RFP [request for proposal], which is being prepared for leasing of the school facility. Some of the requirements favor an established non-profit but we should be able to address our ability to manage the facility. When the final RFP is prepared, I will get a copy for the group to review and prepare a proposal. It is good that you have enough volunteers to establish the community’s interest in being the lessee."
My guess is that the county is opening a can of worms here that could lead to a neighborhood revolt. People love their community schools and leasing or selling this lovely old building to an outsider--if that's what happens--would not be a politically popular move.