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Middle school at center of proposal

Bond calls for 5.08 mill levy on property

Collin Smith

School-specific plans and costs

Craig Middle School

• Ideal educational room setup, including renovating auditorium interior

• Re-roof auditorium, gym and industrial arts room

• Overlay and drain work of east lot

• 2700 square feet commons with porch

• Demolition of old middle school building

• Highway 13 acceleration and deceleration lanes

• Landscaping

• New warming kitchen equipment

• Construction $13.3 million

• Design $959,803

• Contingency $267,868

• Other $1.2 million

• Total $15.7 million

East Elementary

• Replacement of built-up roofing

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• New boilers and unit ventilators

• Main entrance security

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Expand cafeteria to 2500 square feet to accommodate more students

• Replace existing single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.9 million

• Design $190,529

• Contingency $84,008

• Other $523,376

•Total $2.7 million

Craig Intermediate School

• Replace roof

• Replace existing single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Replace existing unit ventilators with new ones

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Room adaptations for younger students

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.7 million

• Design $133,014

• Contingency $58,648

• Other $317,662

•Total $2.2 million

Moffat County High School

• Replace some duct board with metal duct

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Construction $1.8 million

• Design $62,197

• Contingency $27,221

• Other $52,461

• Total $2 million

Sunset Elementary

• New boilers, unit ventilators and fan coil

• Security at main entrance

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Replace all single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Replace exterior doors and build new interior ones

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.4 million

• Design $148,636

• Contingency $65,536

• Other $271,706

• Total $1.9 million

Ridgeview Elementary

• New boilers and fan coil

• Main entrance security

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Partial roof replacement

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.4 million

• Design $145.519

• Contingency $63,688

• Other $249,422

• Total $1.9 million

Yampa Administration Building

• Replace roof

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning on north building side

• Construction $506,514

• Design $31,738

• Contingency $13,994

• Other $25,544

• Total $577,790

Totals

• Construction $22.2 million

• Design $1.7 million

• Contingency $580,963

• Other $2.6 million

Total design and construction $27.1 million

School-specific plans and costs

Craig Middle School

• Ideal educational room setup, including renovating auditorium interior

• Re-roof auditorium, gym and industrial arts room

• Overlay and drain work of east lot

• 2700 square feet commons with porch

• Demolition of old middle school building

• Highway 13 acceleration and deceleration lanes

• Landscaping

• New warming kitchen equipment

• Construction $13.3 million

• Design $959,803

• Contingency $267,868

• Other $1.2 million

• Total $15.7 million

East Elementary

• Replacement of built-up roofing

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• New boilers and unit ventilators

• Main entrance security

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Expand cafeteria to 2500 square feet to accommodate more students

• Replace existing single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.9 million

• Design $190,529

• Contingency $84,008

• Other $523,376

•Total $2.7 million

Craig Intermediate School

• Replace roof

• Replace existing single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Replace existing unit ventilators with new ones

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Room adaptations for younger students

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.7 million

• Design $133,014

• Contingency $58,648

• Other $317,662

•Total $2.2 million

Moffat County High School

• Replace some duct board with metal duct

• Upgrade lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Construction $1.8 million

• Design $62,197

• Contingency $27,221

• Other $52,461

• Total $2 million

Sunset Elementary

• New boilers, unit ventilators and fan coil

• Security at main entrance

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Replace all single pane glazing with insulated glazing

• Replace exterior doors and build new interior ones

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.4 million

• Design $148,636

• Contingency $65,536

• Other $271,706

• Total $1.9 million

Ridgeview Elementary

• New boilers and fan coil

• Main entrance security

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Main entrance security

• Addressable fire alarm system to meet written code requirements

• Partial roof replacement

• Add preschool facilities

• Construction $1.4 million

• Design $145.519

• Contingency $63,688

• Other $249,422

• Total $1.9 million

Yampa Administration Building

• Replace roof

• Upgrade all lighting to high-efficiency components

• Upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning on north building side

• Construction $506,514

• Design $31,738

• Contingency $13,994

• Other $25,544

• Total $577,790

Totals

• Construction $22.2 million

• Design $1.7 million

• Contingency $580,963

• Other $2.6 million

Total design and construction $27.1 million

— Beth Gilchrist tries to remember every student’s name at Craig Middle School.

If Moffat County School District combines sixth-graders with seventh- and eighth-graders, the CMS secretary may have to remember a lot more. Not so easy these days, she said.

“I’m going to have to be paying more attention,” Gilchrist laughed.

The school district plans to float a bond in the Nov. 6 general election that would call for a new Craig Middle School to house sixth- through eighth-graders in a new building built where the old building currently stands. Fifth grade would become part of the elementary schools.

The $29.5 million bond calls for a 5.08 mill levy on property and would last 20 years.

Neenan Archistruction, of Fort Collins, would update every school in the district, but the middle school is the only building to be completely rebuilt.

MCSD Facilities Director Mike Taylor said there are plenty of reasons for that.

“The gas lines under the building rotted out, so there’s no gas for the science rooms,” Taylor said. “The water line rotted out some years back, so we get water from (Craig Intermediate School).”

During a tour given Wednesday to school district employees – and Dave DeRose and J.B. Chapman of Citizens for Moffat County Schools, a committee to promote the school’s bond issue – Taylor pointed out many of the current middle school’s structural shortcomings.

He led the group past wires and cables hanging from the ceilings and threaded along the floors to a manhole in the corner of the teacher’s lounge. He showed the small science rooms.

“The hallways are load-bearing walls, so it’s very hard to move those to make the classrooms wider,” Taylor said. “You can make them longer, but then the students get too far away from the teacher.”

The middle school has the worst security situation in the district, Taylor said. The administrative offices are down the hall from the main entrance, and there is little to no oversight of who enters the building.

Neenan architects believe the north addition, constructed in 1959, is the “worst part of the building,” Taylor said.

Hallway ramps are too steep for wheelchairs and the bathrooms have stairs at their entrances. The sewer line is at a nearly level grade, and the school district has had problems with poor drainage, Taylor said.

Conversely, Pat Calicura, 57, a local contractor, thinks the school district loses sight of its educational mission by focusing on new building projects.

“The educator’s job is to educate the youth and the building is just eye candy,” Calicura said. “This year, the test scores were lower than last year, and I don’t see how $28 million worth of buildings is going to help that.”

Calicura went to two separate one-room schoolhouses, neither of which had indoor plumbing, he said. He feels schools today do not emphasize education the way they did when he was younger.

The prospect of modular classrooms to house more students does not change his mind about the bond proposal. He thinks modulars are a good way to supplement the schools if an economic and population boom comes to the area.

“(Moffat County) doesn’t have the infrastructure for 20,000 people. What happens when these people don’t come?” Calicura said. “We will have burdened the taxpayers for years to come. It will be an open invitation to spend money.”

Calicura remained adamant the school district should raise education standards before building new schools or renovating old ones.

“When they show me they have test scores up, then we can talk about changing my vote,” he said.


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