Granby " East Grand School District funds several projects |

Granby " East Grand School District funds several projects

Grand County, Coloroado

The East Grand Board of Education agreed Tuesday during its meeting in Granby, Colorado, to fund several projects that have a total price tag of less than $150,000.

About $50,000 will allow the district to remove custom weight room equipment and replace it with commercially manufactured equipment. This will reduce potential student injuries and district liability, officials said.

The district also committed $58,000 to fund 50 percent of the cost to repair the Grand Lake Elementary fence, playground and ground cover issues on the playground. The Parent Advisory Committee requested the funding and will apply for grants to compensate the rest of the cost.

About $31,000 will be paid to Honeywell International Inc. to upgrade the computer monitoring system and centralize online building systems including building additions.

For $10,000 the district office will update its workplace to make better use of space.

The district also approved a change order and will pay Neenan Management Co. about $10,000. This will pay for trenching for primary power at Middle Park High, and for workers to add data, phones, and electrical outlets. Crews will run a gas line to the metal building at Fraser Valley Elementary and also repair the existing roof at Granby Elementary.

After the change order, the additional projects will adjust the district’s bond premium fund balance from approximately $732,000 to $593,000.

Middle Park High attendance an issue

Some students at Middle Park High have been skipping school.

“Attendance is a major issue that we need to work on,” said Middle Park High Principal Jane Harmon at Tuesday’s meeting. “For some (students) it’s a huge issue.”

Students leave school for “no rhyme or reason,” Harmon said.

After students miss class, teachers arrange for the students to come in on Fridays to make up work. Parents are also contacted.

“Oftentimes parents don’t feel like they have a lot of control over that student either,” Harmon added. “We certainly have to look at other avenues.”

Golf Program

The Board of Education will decide whether to fund the golf program, or if it will continue to help fund itself through fundraisers and donations.

The program just finished its third season, with 13 players on the team.

All the district sports receive different funding. Like skiing, golf teammates buy their own equipment. This year the district put $1,500 into the golf program budget for tournament entries, supplies and equipment. It also paid about $7,000 for coaches and transportation, said Marlo Klassen, Middle Park High assistant principal and athletic director.

At the Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting, members will decide if the district will fully fund the program as a district sport.

Coming into the golf season this year there was about $6,000 in the program’s budget that was raised from previous donations and fundraisers. About $2,000 is left for next year, Klassen said.

District Improvement Plan

The school board adopted the District Improvement Plan, which includes goals for the school year that correlate with the district mission statement.

The first goal is that students will achieve a “year’s worth of growth in a year’s time.” Improvement will be judged by the CSAP through the Colorado Longitudinal Growth Model.

Goal two, is that students to will score 10 percent, or better than the state average on the CSAP. For example, if average fourth graders score 70 percent in reading, East Grand District’s target would be 77 percent or above.

The third goal is to evaluate the district’s curricular and extracurricular programs effectiveness. These are to be assessed based on personal development, workplace competencies and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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