Carbondale Middle School students won’t move into new building until fall |

Carbondale Middle School students won’t move into new building until fall

Gregory Conroy
Carbondale Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” Carbondale Middle School teachers and staff will not be spending their spring break next week moving into the renovated former Roaring Fork High School building.

With final construction approvals still pending, a March move into the long-awaited new digs was out of the question anyway, Principal Cliff Colia said last week.

Still, school officials ran the idea of a late spring move past teachers and the parent advisory council recently. It was decided, however, that the school would stay put in the old building for now and plan for a more leisurely move into the new facility over the summer, in time for the 2008-09 school year.

“Final construction approvals are still pending before a move can be made,” Colia said. “We still haven’t gotten the official date from the construction people.”

Colia expects that the next construction approval update will be sometime in early April. But given the lateness in the school year, it didn’t seem feasible to make the move until after school is out.

Originally, the middle school was to have moved into the renovated former high school building at the start of this school year. However, the unexpected discovery of asbestos during construction over the summer postponed the move, and cost the school district $1 million for an abatement project.

The moving date was pushed back to October, then January, and then spring, when it was determined by state building inspectors that a fire damper system needed to be installed.

However, the latest delays don’t mean that the middle school won’t be utilizing what it can of its new building before the official move-in, Colia said.

Colia said that the potential for hosting the eighth-grade graduation at the new building is being discussed. Colia also hopes to plan a few other activities that utilize the building, as well as host a few open houses for parents and students to familiarize themselves with the building before the start of the 2008-09 school year.

The continued delay not only affects the middle school itself but impacts other district programs that had anticipated moving into the old Carbondale Middle School building, including Bridges High School, the district technology department, the Family Resource Centers offices, the Computers for Kids program, and the Partnering for Success program.

Bridges has since taken up temporary space in the former Carbondale Elementary School building, while the other programs have also stayed put or found other quarters in the meantime.

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