Lease of Rideout School reconsidered | SierraSun.com

Lease of Rideout School reconsidered

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

After considering leasing Rideout Elementary School to an outside party, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s board has decided to reject two bids it has received in order to pursue a joint-use agreement and a new option for use of the site.

The Rideout campus, located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, is a surplus property that has been sitting unused since July 2005.

The two bids received came from West Shore Properties LLC and the Tahoe City Public Utility District. West Shore Properties was the high bid at $23,550 a year, but the board tabled the issue in early May pending the outcome of further discussion. West Shore Properties was also to provide financial information regarding their organization.

Subsequent to the bid opening, an new issue arose highlighting a possible district use of the site.

New programs will be implemented at Kings Beach Elementary in the fall, and classroom space has become a concern, said district Superintendent Dennis Williams. The district is now considering that Coldstream Alternative School, which is currently housed in three classrooms in Kings Beach Elementary, could be relocated to Rideout in order to free up the needed space.

Meanwhile, the board recommended rejecting both bids and will now consider forming a joint-use agreement with West Shore Properties and the Tahoe City PUD that would allow for greater negotiation flexibility.

The school board voted to shut down Creekside Magnet School, which was housed at Rideout last year, citing savings of an estimated $106,850 a year.