Having attended the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) session on 5/9 to consider bids for the former Polston Elementary property, I am very interested in the board’s decision to sell this unique and important 38-acre property for the construction of an RV Park rather than a healthy living park including community gardening, education and local produce sales.
Of particular interest to me is the decision to sell the property for $255,000 less to Dan Russell’s RV Park proposal than The Trust for Public Land’s proposal to build the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park. This was pointed out by board member Neil Hammer, the sole dissenting vote on the motion to sell the property to Russell. As Neil said, “$255,000 could buy a lot of computers.” Yes, at least 500 computers at current market rates.
It seems the promise for increased tax revenue from the RV park is speculative and unproven. This calculation also seems to discount the potential for elevated property values and increased economic activity in the East Alamosa area from a healthy living park — of which similar models have generated substantial economic improvement in other case studies presented to the ABOE.
As a valley native, I went to Polston school myself and Mr. Robert Alejo, District Superintendent, was my sixth grade math teacher. As such, I am very interested in reviewing the ABOE’s math on this decision. I look forward to full disclosure and I know many others in the community feel the same way.