East Grand School District helps fund Grand Lake Elementary School projects | SkyHiNews.com

East Grand School District helps fund Grand Lake Elementary School projects

Grand County, Colorado

The East Grand Board of Education will provide $58,000 to help fund a ground improvement project requested by the Grand Lake Elementary Parent Advisory Committee.

Board members unanimously approved the project Tuesday.

Chris Tarr, secretary of the parent advisory committee, gave a presentation to the board members at the last meeting. He said if the district gives the school a commitment of 50 percent, the remaining 50 percent can be raised through alternate sources such as grants, foundations, fundraising and partnerships with the town and county.

The committee hopes the board will provide a total of $110,000 over the next two fiscal years.

Tarr was satisfied with the board’s support after Tuesday night’s meeting.

“It’s enough to get us started,” he said, while holding a grant application for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

In addition, the advisory committee also hopes to receive funding from Great Outdoors Colorado; Playful City USA, or the Grand Foundation.

Now that the board is backing the project, Tarr said he plans on writing grants to secure funding for the remainder of the project.

Improvements the committee is interested in are split into four projects.

The “Perimeter Security and Improvement” would repair and complete a fence surrounding the Grand Lake Elementary playground and ball fields. This would cost between $7,600 and $11,900.

General landscaping would cleanup the appearance of the school’s grounds and cost between $7,650 and $11,300.

Playground repair and refurbishment would cost between $93,345 and $95,645 to improve the playground and safety.

The fourth proposed project, the entry corridor and pavilion project, would enhance the entryway to Grand Lake Elementary to deliver a “welcoming and functioning image to the community.” An outdoor pavilion could be added for outdoor education and events. The price tag is between $74,500 and $122,500, according to proposal documents. The combined cost for the entire projects is between $180,000 and $240,000.

” Katie Looby covers Kremmling and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or k.looby@grandcountynews.com.

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