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East Grand School District plans for summer repairs

The high Rockies are a beautiful place but the lifestyle benefits that come from close proximity to the rugged peaks of the region are not without drawbacks.

Dangerous road conditions, potential forest fires and wildlife that occasionally kill people are just a few of the obstacles those who love Grand County must endure to live in this majestic place. Among the most frustrating disadvantages of the high country is the relatively short construction season. The ground in Middle Park remains frozen until late into the spring, hampering excavation work or concrete pouring efforts. Snowstorms can strike at any time of year, including throughout the summer and snow can begin piling up before the aspen leaves have even fallen from the trees. The spring and fall are no better as rain inundates the county, flooding job sites and making dirt parking lots into muddy quagmires.

For most locals, and especially for local government entities that schedule projects months or years in advance, the summer is a time of frenzied effort as renovations and repair work becomes a top priority. This summer the East Grand School District (EGSD) will be conducting a series of repairs to multiple facilities in the Granby area. Construction on some projects has already begun with others scheduled to begin at the end of the school year or shortly thereafter.

SUMMER REPAIRS BUDGET

“Our weather is pretty adverse around here. We are just trying to keep up with the athletic facilities in terms of weather and damage.”Thom Schnellinger, Principal at MPHS

This summer the EGSD Board of Education has approved projects totaling $64,325, to be pulled from general fund excess revenues for the last fiscal year. Repairs this summer will include installation of a new boiler in East Grand Middle School (EGMS), replacement of portions of the roof on Granby Elementary School (GES), rebuilding the baseball field fence at Middle Park High School (MPHS). Middle Park High School will also see residing work for the ticket booth and athletic field storage sheds as well as repainting done on buildings at the baseball field.

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"We appreciate the Board approving the use of excess funds to get some much needed repairs completed," said EGSD Superintendent Jody Mimmack, Ph.D. "We have excellent facilities and we continue to need to maintain and repair as needed."

EAST GRAND MIDDLE SCHOOL

The new boiler project at EGMS is budgeted at $13,585. Jenny Rothboeck, Principal at EGMS, was thankful for the project and the changes in comfort she expects the school to experience next year. "I'm really appreciative of the School Board's decision to approve the purchase of a new boiler," Rothboeck stated. "Being able to have comfortable, consistent temperatures in the building is extremely important for staff and students."

GRANBY ELEMENTARY

The single biggest line item in this summer's construction plan is the partial replacement of the roof at Granby Elementary School, coming in at $35,540. According to GES Principal Jane Harmon the repairs are much needed as portions of the roof at the school leak when precipitation is falling. Work on the project started this month and completion is expected in the near future.

"The roof repair at GES started last week with the removal of the rock covering," Harmon stated. "Later this week, we'll be glad to see this project completed, and an end to the pitter patter of leaky ceilings in that area."

MIDDLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL

This summer MPHS will look to replace and repair multiple portions of the school's athletic field complex. Over the winter the high school's baseball field fence experienced extensive damage from snow piling up against it. The price tag to replace the fence is $16,500. The Town of Granby has agreed to help cover a portion of those costs, pitching in $6,800 in Town funds to apply to the project. Additionally the outbuildings on the baseball field will be repainted and the ticket booth and storage sheds on the athletic fields will be resided. The total cost the repainting and residing projects combined is $5,500.

Thom Schnellinger, Principal at MPHS, commented on the extreme weather locals must contend with and its impacts on facilities. "The fence has just taken a beating because of the winter and snow settling on it," he said. "Our weather is pretty adverse around here. We are just trying to keep up with the athletic facilities in terms of weather and damage."

Schenllinger said he expects work on the projects at the high school to begin as soon as graduation has taken place. "We are all hands on deck for graduation," Schnellinger said. He indicated that after graduation school staff would have more time to focus on summer repair projects and that work would start, "immediately after school."

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