Kremmling’s new PK-8 school to be ready in January |

Kremmling’s new PK-8 school to be ready in January

Construction of West Grand School District’s new PK-8 school building in Kremmling is proceeding as planned, and students can expect to be in their new classrooms in January.

This upbeat assessment was given by Superintendent Jeff Perry to the school board at its Tuesday, Nov. 13, meeting. The construction is being handled by the Neenan Company, an architectural-construction firm headquartered in Fort Collins.

“We’re on time and on budget,” Perry said. “Neenan is working hard and has an aggressive schedule. Everything feels good.”

When completed, the PK-8 building will be the new home for the district’s kindergarten through eighth grades. It will also provide classroom space for the area’s preschoolers.

The new building is located on the town’s northern side on Kinsey Avenue, directly behind the existing West Grand Elementary School. When finished, it will replace both the elementary school and West Grand Middle School.

According to Perry, the schedule of events for opening the new PK-8 building will be the following:

On Dec. 17, the new furniture for PK-8 is expected to arrive. While Neenan continues its work, Perry said school staff will “start setting up” before Christmas with that work intensifying during the final week of December and the first days of January.

Neenan will “turn over” the PK-8 building to school authorities on Wednesday, Jan. 2, while students are still on their holiday break. Perry said Thursday and Friday, Jan. 3 and 4, will be the “major move day” for teachers and other staff to take classroom-related materials from the old buildings to PK-8.

Students will return to school from their holiday break on Monday, Jan. 8. Perry said that first week of school (Jan. 8-10) “would not be strong instructional days” as students will go through an orientation of the new building, spending only part of each day at PK-8 while the rest of it will be at their old school buildings. Students may assist teachers in setting up their new classrooms during that week.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new school building is slated for Friday, Jan. 10. Perry said the first entire school day spent by teachers and students in the PK-8 building will be Monday, Jan. 14.

Voters approved construction of the PK-8 building with an $11.5 million bond question in the November 2006 election. Ground-breaking for the new building took place last spring.

The work on the PK-8 building is part of $13.5 million worth of facilities projects being done by the district this year. Included in it was the $1.1 million re-roofing project for West Grand High School which was paid for by a Colorado Department of Education capital construction grant. That project replaced 5,000-square feet of roof.

Board members sworn in

In other business Tuesday, an official oath of office was given to three board members ” new board member Dean Billington and incumbent board members Larry Banman and Jim Ellison. Because all ran unopposed for the director seats this fall, the election for those board positions were canceled last September.

The oath of office was administered by Board President Mike Ritschard, who then officially stepped down, ending eight years of service on the West Grand School Board. Perry commended Ritschard’s dedication to the board, praising his “commitment” and saying he was “instrumental” in helping to get the bond passed for the district’s PK-8 building.

After the oath was given to the board members and Ritschard’s retirement, the board elected new officers ” Larry Banman, president; Teri Tanton, vice president; Jenny Uren, secretary; and Dave Jones, treasurer.

The board also made the following employment decisions:

– Accepting the resignations of Jamie Mumma as high school girls basketball head coach and Gary Beason as that team’s assistant coach.

– Hiring of Joan Rohloff as middle school boys basketball assistant coach.

– Hiring of Larry Banman was high school girls basketball head coach.

– Hiring of Joe Shields as high school girls basketball assistant coach.

– Hiring Mike Ritschard as high school boys basketball assistant coach.

– Appointing Gary Beason and Heather Bentler as high school girls basketball volunteer coaches.

– Appointing Cody Mumma as a volunteer wrestling coach.

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