Roaring Fork Schools deliver on facility promises made through bond program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2019
Just over three years after voters approved a $122 million bond for the Roaring Fork Schools, the district has completed almost 20 construction projects on time and on budget. Because of this community investment and short construction timeline, students, staff, and community members are already enjoying the new and improved spaces.
At Glenwood Springs Elementary School (GSES), one of the largest projects in the bond program, Kindergarten Teacher Linsey Short explains how the new space has had a positive effect on student learning and the school community: "Our new space has really expanded the opportunities for community learning, independence, and student engagement. We are absolutely thrilled with our new school and feel so thankful to our community for their support."
The bond program touched every community in the Roaring Fork Schools. While the overall project list is lengthy, every school saw improvements in safety and security, learning environment modernizations, energy efficiency upgrades, and other general improvements.
Carbondale Middle School (CMS) Principal Jennifer Lamont explained how their renovated space is affecting the school: “Our new larger spaces, Ram Central in particular, have given us the needed room to conduct team building with our crews, as well as grade level community meetings. This allows for more active students and more active participation.
Bond highlights included building Riverview School, a new PreK-8 school serving Glenwood Springs; renovating and adding to GSES; major renovations in Basalt High School, Basalt Middle School, Red Brick at Basalt Elementary School, Carbondale Middle School, Bridges High School, Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Middle School, and Glenwood High School; two new transportation centers; and acquiring land for a future school site to accommodate growth in Basalt. A full list of all projects included in the bond program can be found here.
“We are fortunate to have communities that wanted improved facilities and then supported that goal through the bond measure,” said Roaring Fork Schools’ Chief Operating Officer Jeff Gatlin. “We are pleased to say that we have delivered on the promises we made to our communities as part of the strategic visioning process in 2014, the facilities master plan process in 2015, and then through the bond campaign.”
And community members and organizations are also directly benefiting from the improved spaces. GSES is seeing a wide variety of community use with everything from Cooking Matters class offerings and lifelong learning classes to youth sports and Folklorico classes.
"We are thrilled that we can now realize our goal of being a hub for the community, not only for our students who come from all over Glenwood Springs, but also for our families and community members who can utilize our spaces as a place to gather, learn, and build community," said GSES Principal Audrey Hazleton.
Included in the bond program were 66 units of staff housing in an effort to make living in the Roaring Fork Valley more affordable for our teachers and other staff members.
“Our community identified retaining and recruiting staff as a top priority--with affordable staff housing being a major obstacle--and then supported that in the bond measure. We are really grateful to have this kind of community support and follow-through,” said Gatlin. “Being able to provide affordable staff housing has already had a noticeable effect on our staff and the district at large.”