School board: Lease too high risk

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By Kelly LeVan

The school board still has plenty of questions as it reviews the proposed Airport Facilities Lease Agreement.First and foremost, it wants to make sure it won’t end up paying 40 years of rent should the Boyer Company back out.Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public School Board of Education representatives jointly announced last month when they reached an agreement for LAPS to lease its facilities from the county at the county-owned Airport Basin Site, 18 acres located north of DeColores and N.M. 502.Adoption of the Airport Basin Site would allow the schools and county to move off the Trinity Site parcel at Trinity Drive and D.P. Road, thus freeing the land for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project.However, the Airport Basin lease agreement is far from finalized.As school board member Allison Beckman said at Thursday’s board meeting, according to the current wording, “if the developer goes away, the district has to pay full rent for 40 years at the Airport Basin ee If Boyer backs out, I don’t see where we have any income coming in – and I don’t see any way we can back out. Everything is contingent on the developer sublease.”Currently, the county and the school district have a draft master plan, and the county and Boyer have a separate sublease.

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