BVSD Bond Update
Construction crews poised to break ground on Phase 3 Bond projects
With the start of summer break next week the shouts and laughter of children on many BVSD campuses will be replaced with the hum of heavy equipment as projects in the third and final phase of the Bond program start construction. All school projects are now either complete or under construction. By the end of the summer, all Phase 2 projects will be finished and students will be able to enjoy many of the new learning spaces to be constructed in Phase 3.
The return to school in August will be especially exciting for students and staff at Columbine Elementary who will start the year in their brand new facility. At this time, the new building is complete and crews will move furniture and equipment in over the summer. Demolition of the old building is set to occur in June and site work including landscaping, concrete and asphalt paving will follow immediately after. Community members, staff and students will be able to tour the building for the first time at the ribbon cutting and open house on August 11 at 6 p.m.
Photos and progress updates for all projects under construction will be posted on the school pages of the Bond website.
The new Columbine Elementary building includes
a semi-enclosed courtyard which was one of the
favorite features of the old building.
Columbine fifth graders got a sneak peek at the new school.
Mapleton Elementary will reopen as an Early Childhood Education Center
Earlier this month, BVSD and the City of Boulder agreed to partner on a project that would include Mapleton Elementary in the district’s expansion of its preschool services. Thanks to the support of voters last November, the district is rolling out plans to increase its preschool services district-wide. Mapleton Elementary was identified as a potential site to grow preschool options in Boulder.
Mapleton Elementary ceased operation as a school in 2003 and has been used to warehouse IT equipment in recent years. To be operable as an early childhood education center, the Mapleton building will require renovation and remodeling. The City has agreed to provide $3.5 million in Education Excise Tax funds to the improvement project. The district will contribute $1.4 million in mill levy override funds. Operating expenses will be paid with ongoing override revenue.
The program will serve up to 120 students ages 3-4 and 5 until school age. The program offered at Mapleton will be consistent with the preschool program offered in schools across the district. Students from anywhere in the district will be eligible to attend as long as space is available.
This summer, the district will hire an architect and convene a Design Advisory Team (DAT). The group will begin design work in September with construction anticipated to begin next summer. The Design Advisory Team will include district staff, City of Boulder staff, parents and neighborhood representatives. The building will be ready for students for the 2013-14 school year.
Override funds also are being used to construct or augment early childhood education facilities at Aspen Creek K-8, Douglass Elementary, Emerald Elementary, Fireside Elementary, Monarch K-8, Sanchez and Whittier Elementary (kindergarten).
Keep up with the progress of the Mapleton project at here.