The Operational Services Department oversees the maintenance and operations of the 4.8 million square feet of Boulder Valley School District facilities as well as the safety and security of staff and students and daily transportation.
Recently, students and staff moved into the new 15,000 square foot addition wing of Halcyon Middle School! The new building replaces a decades-old portion of the existing school which was constructed in 1955. The new part of the building includes classrooms, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room, administration, and library. Phase II of the project is underway and includes renovation of the remaining portion of the old building. The $8.3 million project is part of the 2014 Building for Student Success bond program and will be complete in August.
Recently, BVSD welcomed an exciting new addition to our school bus fleet--an all-electric bus! The Blue Bird Vision model is a clean, efficient, and more environmentally sustainable version of a conventionally-fueled 71-passenger yellow bus.
One of our critical layers—keeping fresh air flowing in classrooms—will get a boost thanks to a $1.4M Safe Schools Reopening grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The grant money will be used to purchase portable air purifiers for classrooms, cafeterias, and libraries throughout the district as well as MERV 11 air filters for building HVAC systems.
Earlier this school year when welding and auto repair students at Boulder Technical Education Center (TEC) returned to their classrooms on the Arapahoe Campus, they were greeted by newly renovated classrooms/labs that had been updated to emulate professional shops.
“It ought to be a birthright for every child, every day, to have healthy food in school,” says Ann Cooper, Food Services Director at BVSD. “This new centralized production facility gives us the space and equipment to make that a reality for BVSD students.”
Thanks to renovations completed through the 2014 bond-funded construction program, schools have been able to invest in modernizing learning environments to support 21st Century learning.