Old Kremmling school building ready to be razed; buyers interested in another former school
With its new PK-8 building now open and filled with its elementary and middle school students, the West Grand School District is preparing to eliminate two of its old school buildings.At Tuesdays school board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Perry reported that the first stages of the demolition of the old West Grand Elementary School will begin Monday, March 18. The demolition and cleanup work is expected to take about two weeks.Perry informed the school board members that in preparation for the demolition, an asbestos abatement was completed last week. The required work was confined to West Grand Elementarys old coal shed. All of the materials collected from that abatement were disposed of properly.DMJ Contractors of Kremmling will be doing the demolition and cleanup work on West Grand Elementary.Perry said that company has already begun a reclamation/salvage work on the property. The actual demolition is expected to begin later this month and should be finished by April 1.After the demolition, Perry said DMJ will be doing a significant amount of dirt work of the site. Completion of that work will be dependent upon the weather.Perry also informed the school board that negotiations are under way with a potential buyer for the West Grand Middle School. That old school building is now vacant and no longer needed by the district after the opening of the new PK-8 building in January.In regards to the new PK-8 building, Perry reported that the state building inspection has been successfully completed. He said minor issues such as a roof leak in the school library are being dealt with by the Neenan Company, which was the architectural/construction firm that designed and built the new school. Proposed calendarIn other business at Tuesdays meeting, Perry presented the school board with a draft calendar for the 2008-09 school year. He said it is essentially the same calendar as this school year with 152 instructional days, which is eight days more than the East Grand School District.The one significant change is that while maintaining its usual Monday through Thursday, four-day school week schedule, the draft calendar calls for regular school to be held on five Fridays through December. Those five Fridays are: Aug. 15, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5.Perry explained the purpose of these Friday school days is to conclude next school year before the end of May. This school year, the last day of school is scheduled for June 6.Under the draft 2008-09 calendar, the first day of school will be Wednesday, Aug. 13. The last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 28. Graduation is slated for Saturday, May 23.The vacation days proposed for next years calendar are: Labor Day Sept. 1; Thanksgiving Nov. 26-28; Winter Break Dec. 22-Jan. 2; Spring Break March 16-20; and Memorial Day May 25.Perry said the public would be given the chance to comment on the proposed calendar. It will be brought back for the boards approval at its April 8 meeting.Joe Shields honoredAt the beginning of Tuesdays meeting, the boards hearing room was packed with members of the public as Joe Shields had West Grand High Schools track and field facility named in his honor.Shields was a teacher and later principal of West Grand High School for over 40 years. Now retired, he is still the head coach of the Mustangs track and field team. In announcing the Joe Shields Track & Field Facility, Perry commended Shields for his decades of service to the school district. He said Shields exemplifies the qualities of integrity, honor, dedication and hard work.
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