District officials discuss school upgrades


Moffat County School Dis--trict officials discussed possible upgrades to district facilities during a collaborative design session Friday.

"Today was just really looking at each individual building's needs and upgrades, and they were based upon the basic learning environment," Superintendent Pete Bergmann said.


The Board of Education approved Neenan to move forward with a $28 million bond issue to build a new sixth- to eighth-grade middle school and upgrade the district's remaining buildings.

The plan, which will require voter approval in November, includes converting East, Ridgeview and Sunset elementary schools and Craig Intermediate School into preschool to fifth-grade buildings.

To accommodate the new students, Bergmann said he and district principals plotted in which classroom each grade level would be. Each school will have two sections of each grade, and the current CIS building has room for growth to three sections per grade should enrollment increase.

Neenan Archistruction officials "were able to reconfigure the building interiors without adding a lot of new construction to meet the needs of the new preschool to fifth-grades," Bergmann said.

Primary changes to each building in the district include upgraded lighting, more secure entryways with cameras and increased line of sight and upgrades to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Facilities also will received updated heating and ventilation systems. Through community meetings, the board is revisiting the idea of air conditioning, but Bergmann said the fresh air intake the district is planning will allow cool air taken in at night to keep buildings cooled throughout the school day.

East Elementary School will receive a new cafeteria to seat 100 students. The old cafeteria will convert into an intervention area. An interior courtyard at the school will be turned into a preschool and kindergarten playground, Bergmann said.

Since the proposed new middle school will be built over the existing baseball field, a new field will be built at Moffat County High School. The tennis courts there, which are 30 years old and "beyond repair," will be torn out and a soccer field will be built in its place.

Sunset Elementary School will have an improved corridor for a more efficient building lockdown should an emergency occur.

CIS -- which has not been named for its potential new elementary school status -- also will get a new playground to accommodate younger students.

District administrators will remain in the 775 Yampa Ave. building, but the preschool room will be turned into a community meeting place or the alternative school, which is currently housed at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Bergmann said Maybell Elementary School, which is K-4, will receive upgraded lighting and little else.

"We just don't expect spending a large amount of bond money on upgrades," Bergmann said. "Maybell is pretty darn good shape."

For more information on the district's proposed upgrades, call 824-3268.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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