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Winter Sports School expands

Alexandria Gonzalez , The Park Record

Dave Kaufman, head of the Winter Sports School, has announced that the school has signed off on a lease contingency for the new building they put under contract in July at the corner of Old Ranch Road and State Road 224.

The building will be able to hold more students now that the school is transitioning from a private school to a public charter.

"Now I am able to say that it is officially our new home, and we will be able to operate there next school year," Kaufman said. "Without a lease contingency, we were a little unsure, but now we have this lease signed that is multiple years in length."

Kaufman said that if donations and grants come in soon enough, they will be able to begin customizing and expanding the facility as soon as next month. However, he said students and parents should not panic if there has been nothing done by February or March. If that is the case, trailers will be brought in to house classes until construction is complete.

Funding is essential given the gap the school is facing in its transition to a public charter school. At the end of this school year, tuition income from Utah residents will end. The school will then depend on State Uniform School Funds for operating expenses, but those fund payments will not begin until the start of state’s next fiscal year in July of 2014.

The Winter Sports School begins its school year in April, so they will have to depend on its reserves and fundraising until state funds come in.

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"Our first Bingo Bash in October raised about $30,000, and while that won’t buy us a new building, it will help in terms of operational funds," Kaufman said.

He said they hope to raise funds through Live PC Give PC this Friday. They will not be having a formal party, but they will be promoting the event on-site.

The Utah Olympic Park has been home to the Winter Sports School for over 15 years, and while Kaufman said he will be sad to leave, the school will continue to participate and work with the park moving forward.

Enrollment is now open on the school’s official website at http://www.wintersportsschool.org. Kaufman encourages potential students to announce their intent to apply for one of the school’s 100 state-funded spots as soon as possible. Forty-nine students have been admitted leaving only 51 spots left.

The current enrollment period ends Nov. 15, but a third enrollment period will be held during the second half of November and a fourth will occur in December.

For more information or questions about applying, contact Dave Kaufman at dkaufman@wintersportsschool.org or 435-649-8760.

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