A controversial renovation of an old school building in Park City is on hold, according to the Park City School Board.

The board did not take an official vote to stop work on the school, but a tentative budget for the 1988-89 school year presented at the May 24 board meeting included no money to complete the project.That was a reversal of earlier decisions, the most recent a 3-2 vote at a May 17 board meeting in favor of continuing the renovation. However, at that meeting board members discussed an informal opinion by the Utah attorney general's office that questioned the funding mechanism for the project.

Members met in closed session before the open meeting May 24 and decided at that time to wait on renovating the old Carl Winters School.

The 11-page opinion, issued by John S. McAllister, assistant attorney general for the Human Resources Division, on May 10, primarily addressed the 1986 modification of a 1983 court-approved agreement regarding formation of a city redevelopment agency in downtown Park City.

The city and school district changed the agreement in 1986 without court approval to spread the payments over a longer period of time. Under the plan, money would primarily go into district budgets not subject to state recapture - capital outlay, debt service and voted leeway, said district Superintendent Ron McIntire.

The board is now seeking more information about future housing needs for elementary school students and has asked for two scenarios from district planners - one with the Carl Winters School and one without it.

In the short term, members are considering using an additional portable classroom at the existing elementary school for the upcoming school year.