Upgrades in elementary schools nearly completed

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One of the first phases of building upgrades across Moffat County School District is almost finished.

Most upgrades on Ridgeview and East elementary schools are nearly complete, and the district's pilot preschool program received state approval Tuesday, said Joel Sheridan, school district construction liaison.

A number of "minor adjustments" still await completion at the two elementary schools, he said.

The exception is the new cafeteria at East Elementary School, which is scheduled for completion next month.

Other upgrades should be finished by the first part of next week.

A pilot preschool program at Ridgeview Elementary School should be ready for students on Monday, Sheridan said. The preschool program received state approval Tuesday, granting the preschool licensure.

Ridgeview's preschool is a prototype for other elementary schools throughout the district.

Beginning fall 2009, Craig Intermediate School will serve as a fourth elementary school, housing preschool through fifth grades.

At the same time, the three existing elementary schools will each contain a preschool program. Currently, the district's preschoolers attend class at the Early Childhood Center, located in the district's administrative building.

The CIS conversion and elementary school upgrades are funded by a $29.5 million bond issue passed by voters in November 2007.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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