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Colo. school might move to Park City

A school catering to summer- and winter-sports athletes is considering moving to the Park City area from Colorado, drawn by the area’s reputation as one of America’s top destinations for Winter Olympic-level competitors.

The Crested Butte Academy is situated in the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colo., but academy administrators say they could close the Crested Butte facility and reopen the school in Park City.

The academy is a private, for-profit boarding school. Tuition, room and board cost $37,500 per year, with some of the money also funding the school’s athletic programs, according to its headmaster, Graham Frey.

A move has not been finalized, and Frey says two other cities in the West are under consideration. He says Park City is the school’s top choice.

"It fits all of our requirements as far as access and mountain-community resources," Frey says.

The school enrolls 70 students between the sixth grade and the 12th grade. It employs 40 people, with half of the total being part-time or seasonal workers. Frey expects a move to Park City would create between 20 and 25 jobs.

He says most of the students in the academy would follow the school to Park City.

Gary Garland, a co-owner of the school, says the academy is considering leasing or purchasing a building in the Park City area or in Midway. Frey says the administrators are not seeking government funding for the relocation.

The school is about 15 years old, but the current ownership arrived within the last year, Frey says. Academy officials distance themselves from the previous owners.

The Winter Sports School at the Utah Olympic Park offers a similar academic and sports program for students.

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