Kremmling’s new PK-8 school will be completed in just weeks |

Kremmling’s new PK-8 school will be completed in just weeks

With its completion about two weeks away, West Grand School District’s new PK-8 school building in Kremmling was the main topic of discussion at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The PK-8 building, which will be the new home for the district’s kindergarten through eighth grades, is scheduled to open for classes in January after students return from the Christmas-New Year’s holiday break.

“We feel everything is going well,” Superintendent Jeff Perry told the school board members. “The work will be finished up by wings of the building ” first, the elementary wing, then the middle school wing and finally the district office.”

The Neenan Company, the Fort Collins-based architectural-construction firm overseeing the project, is scheduled to complete the main construction work and hand over the PK-8 building to school authorities on Wednesday, Jan. 2, while students are still on their holiday break.

Perry said he is confident the main work on the building will be completed on time by Neenan. To ensure that it is, Neenan has now switched to a seven-day-a-week work schedule.

“This is crunch time now,” Perry said.

Perry said he is working with Todd Ficken, the district owner’s representative who will continue to oversee Neenan’s work to ensure the time schedule is met and the quality of work is maintained. School representatives will also be in the building daily to ensure quality control.

“Quality checks are in place,” Perry said. “We are taking a critical eye on the work. If the work is not up to standards, it will be done again. They are professionals at Neenan and are paid to get the work done.”

After Neenan officially turns over the building on Jan. 2, Perry said January 3-4 is “still critical to us.” Those are the days the district has designated as “major move days” for teachers and other staff to take classroom-related materials from the old buildings to the PK-8.

Students will return to school from their holiday break on Tuesday, Jan. 8. During that first week of school (Jan. 8-10), students will be oriented to 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. The first entire school day spent by teachers and students in the PK-8 building will be Monday, Jan. 14.

In addition to the construction and move-in schedule, the board discussed related matters at Tuesday’s meeting, including the deliver of playground equipment, landscaping and the purchase of appliances. Discussion also covered traffic flow and parking at the building’s south, west and east entrances.

Along with the district office in the PK-8 building is a new community room where the West Grand Board of Education will conduct its meetings. Plans are to name it in honor of Cathy Shipley, who was the Colorado Department of Local Affairs field representative who secured several grants that assisted the school district. She died of cancer earlier this year.

The dedication of the Cathy Shipley Community Room will take place at the board’s next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

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

The work on the PK-8 building is part of $13.5 million in facilities projects being done by the district this year. Included 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.

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