Design advisers sought for Roaring Fork School District school projects |

Design advisers sought for Roaring Fork School District school projects

Class transitions at Glenwood Springs Elementary School include children walking between buildings. The school is to be fully renovated under the school district's $122 million bond issue approved by voters in November.
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As the Roaring Fork School District begins the process of designing two new Glenwood Springs schools, it is looking to the community for some ideas and suggestions.

Separate design advisory groups are being formed for the planned overhaul of the Glenwood Springs Elementary School building and campus, as well as for a new kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school to be built on the district’s Eastbank site south of town.

Both projects are part of a larger $122 million package approved by district voters in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt in the November 2015 bond issue election.

Architects have also recently been selected for the two Glenwood Springs school projects, according to Shannon Pelland, assistant superintendent and chief financial officer for RFSD schools.

Advisory groups can include teachers, parents, students, school district officials and members of the general public, she said.

“We’ve been working to get the word out to people in those groups who may be interested,” Pelland informed the school board at its Jan. 13 meeting.

Applications to serve on an advisory group are being accepted through Jan. 22, and the groups will begin meeting in early February, she said.

In addition to the two Glenwood Springs advisory groups, similar groups will be used to help guide the design process for smaller projects at the three Basalt schools.

Informal user groups will also be asked for input on projects at Crystal River Elementary and Roaring Fork High schools in Carbondale, Sopris Elementary in Glenwood Springs, and the planned transportation facilities that are part of the bond package.

The planning and design phase for the two larger projects in Glenwood Springs as well as school upgrades in Carbondale and Basalt will run between now and July. Actual construction is slated to begin in August and continue for one year, according to a project schedule posted on the school district website.

The district is also forming an advisory committee to help guide the teacher housing program that is part of the bond issue. The district has set aside $15 million in bond money to buy or create subsidized rental units for teachers and staff.

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