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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Plans to Build New Public Charter in Hailey Halted

Posted By on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Plans to build a new campus for a new public charter school in the Wood River Valley have hit a major roadblock.

The Syringa Mountain School is planning to adopt the Waldorf education curriculum when the private school reopens as a private charter school later this fall. School officials say they want to build a new school on Aspen Drive in west Hailey.

But the Idaho Mountain Express reports that scores of residents from two Hailey subdivisions pushed back against the plan at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission, which resulted in the commission unanimously rejecting Syringa Mountain School's initial application.

Syringa had proposed to build a 35-foot-high, two-story, 12,000-square-foot building on approximately three acres off of Aspen Drive, between the China Gardens and Sherwood Forest subdivisions, according to the Mountain Express.

“This building is out of scale,” former Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant told the P&Z Commission. “Clearly, they intend to bring animals to this site.”

Another speaker compared the proposed school building to "an industrial-type development."

Meanwhile, Syringa officials say they're planning on regrouping to decide their next step.

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