6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301
Randy Barber - BVSD Public Information Officer
Susan Cousins - BVSD Bond Communications Specialist
BOULDER - This week Boulder Valley School District will open four new school buildings. Creekside (Boulder), Douglass (Boulder) and Emerald (Broomfield) elementary schools and Meadowlark (Erie), serving grades PK-8, were designed to be exemplars in educational innovation and sustainability. The three elementary schools replace worn out buildings while the PK-8 school will accommodate enrollment growth.
“The construction of these new buildings gave us an excellent opportunity to rethink the design of school buildings and our approach to education,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services Rob Price.
The buildings, built with 2014 Bond dollars, were shaped by Boulder Valley’s Strategic Plan, which focuses on educational innovation. The buildings employ flexible learning environments to create spaces that will allow teachers to personalize learning for students, use multiple modes to deliver instruction and facilitate learning to fully engage students in their education. A variety of spaces, along with furniture and even walls that can be easily reconfigured, support different teaching approaches and learning needs throughout the day.
In addition, the schools are built to the highest green building standards to support the district’s aggressive sustainability and energy efficiency goals. They have been designed to be net zero energy capable, maximizing energy efficiency and laying the groundwork for future installation of renewable energy sources. The buildings exceed standards for fresh air intake, push the envelope for waste diversion, and feature abundant daylighting throughout.
Coverage Opportunities this Week
Tuesday, August 15Teachers are hard at work, setting up their classrooms at the new buildings and participating in training that will shape their innovative teaching techniques.
Wednesday, August 16New Schools Open: Students will return to school on Wednesday. Capture their awe and excitement as they enter the new buildings.
Morning Live shots at New Schools: We can also provide an opportunity for early-morning viewers to tour the schools, on the first day of class.
New School Year, New Superintendent: Dr. Cynthia Stevenson will visit several schools on the first day of classes (Wednesday and Thursday) to welcome students and staff to the new school year.
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