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Kremmling: Furniture from old elementary school free for the taking on Friday

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Furniture and other school items in West Grand Elementary at Kremmling will be given away free of charge to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis from noon to 3 p.m. Friday.

The classroom furniture includes desks, chairs, cabinets and other school items and is being offered to the public because the West Grand School District is preparing to demolish the old school building this spring.

Friday’s free giveaway at West Grand Elementary was approved at Tuesday’s West Grand Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Jeff Perry described the items to be offered free to the public as “surplus furniture and equipment” that the district no longer wants or can use.

Perry explained the district has already moved or placed in storage all of the furniture that it wants to use or save from West Grand Elementary. Also removed from the building were pieces of equipment such as major appliances, televisions and other important classroom items.

During this Friday’s take-what-you-want clearance at West Grand Elementary, Perry stressed the public will not be permitted to remove any parts of the old school that could “compromise the structural integrity” of the building such as windows, doors or support beams. Only furniture and surplus classroom items will be allowed to be taken.

Friday’s giveaway of school furniture and the upcoming demolition of West Grand Elementary are the result of last month’s opening of the West Grand School District’s new PK-8 school building. That 75,000-square-foot facility is the new home for the district’s kindergarten through eighth grades. Next fall, it will also provide classroom space for the district’s preschoolers.

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Perry updated the board members on the finalization of work on the PK-8 building. He explained the state inspector has already given it initial approval, but stipulated that a “few small items” still needed to be corrected before the final certificate of occupancy is issued.

Perry also said a few leaks due to condensation or other causes had been discovered in the new building. He said the Neenan Company, which was the main contractor for the construction project, is working to correct those leaks as well as a few other minor problems at the PK-8.

In regard to the financial end of capital construction projects done this school year, Perry reported the total cost for the PK-8 building, which was paid for by a bond issue, and the re-roofing project at West Grand High School, is $13.5 million.

Perry said the district still has a balance of $63,000 on these projects which must be spent before the end of this school year. Some of that money could be spent on landscaping and the purchase of equipment and furniture.

In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:

The board discussed the issue of impact fees, also known as money-in-lieu-of-lands payments. Under state law, developers may be required to pay a fee to offset the impact of extra students entering a district’s schools as a result of the building of new subdivisions.

In his remarks to the board, Perry recommended the district waive the impact fees, arguing this would help encourage developers to build within the district. He said the district is “probably more interested in the kids” that could result from a development than in a one-time payment of an impact fee.

Further explaining his views, Perry said the district’s current facilities can handle a “significant” enrollment growth. He pointed out that if student numbers jumped by as much as 200, that would be mean $2 million more in state funding for the district.

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