The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum’s building is being turned into workforce housing next year, but it has found an interim home.
The Teton County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees approved the lease of two modular buildings to the museum during its monthly September meeting last week.
“We are thrilled and so appreciative of this collaboration,” museum Executive Director Jean Lewis said. “The Jackson Elementary School annex buildings are an ideal location and allow us to continue serving the families and children of our community through engaging play and learning experiences and out-of-school programming.”
The town-owned property at 174 N. King St., where the museum resides for rock-bottom rent, is scheduled to be redeveloped into workforce housing. Currently, the museum partners with the town and pays $1 a year.
The lease agreement with the school district takes effect in 2019.
The former elementary school classrooms — disliked by some as an inadequate solution to overcrowding — will be leased for the next year, with the option to renew the lease for an additional year. The modulars are no longer necessary to relieve capacity issues, thanks to the opening of Munger Mountain Elementary School.
One building will be used as a museum, and the other as a classroom and office space.
As part of the lease agreement, the children’s museum will provide annual STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math programming to all Teton County schools’ kindergarten through fifth-grade students at no cost to the district.
“The Jackson Hole Children’s Museum is a valued community partner,” Superintendent Gillian Chapman said. “So we are pleased to be in a position to provide the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum with a temporary home while they continue their efforts to find a permanent location.”