Kremmling " West Grand schools busy with projects as start of school nears |

Kremmling " West Grand schools busy with projects as start of school nears

West Grand Board of Education President Larry Banman is looking forward to the start of the 2008 school year.

“I would like to see, first of all, a really positive work environment for the staff. With the move to the new school last year … we asked people to do a lot beyond their normal responsibilities, and I think it was tougher than we anticipated.”

He wants education to be the prime focus, now that the new school has been built. There are advantages to consolidating the schools, including the consolidation of programs, Banman said, adding that the band department may also be moved to the school.

Certainly, plenty of other projects are under way.

“We’ve got a lot of capital improvements going on this summer,” said West Grand School District Superintendent Jeff Perry. “There’s a lot of landscaping going on (at the PK-8 School) this summer.”

The new West Grand Pavilion has about an $80,000 price tag, Perry said.

“We’re building a new concession stand out at the football field,” he said. ” We will now have restroom facilities, actually outside.”

The area also will include an announcers booth. The district received a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to help fund the project.

The district also built a skatepark and a splash pad with the grant money.

“We had received a number of grants and donations to help with the other projects,” Perry added.

Some of the major contributors include Blue Valley Ranch, the West Grand Community Education Foundation, the Grand Foundation and Communities that Care.

West Grand High School will also get a facelift.

“We are remodeling the front office of the high school to make it more open and inviting … to our public and community.”

Workers will also remodel the high school’s boys locker room.

“We’re putting in new lockers, we are painting and just basically making things more organized and cleaning it up,” Perry said.

The Kremmling PK-8 School playground also is expanding.

Volunteers from the district helped spread mulch and expand the playground area yesterday.

“People are real good about that here in this community,” Perry said. “When we need help, they’re willing to come out and help us … We’ve got a ton of people who come out to help us with a wide range of things.”

A few more pieces of playground equipment could also be added to the area, including a PipeHenge, he said.

Students can look through the device to view the North Star and the constellations, Perry said.

The equipment piece was funded a couple years ago through a grant, and the district will install it.

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