Opening delayed for Elk Creek Elementary |

Opening delayed for Elk Creek Elementary

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” Construction delays at the new Elk Creek Elementary School will push back the first day of school one week, for students attending the new facility.

Garfield School District Re-2 officials announced Wednesday that “unforeseen delays” led the district to postpone the opening to provide the safest and best experience for Elk Creek students, parents and staff. The first day of school for Elk Creek students will be Aug. 25, one week later than the rest of the district schools that return to class on Aug. 18.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” said Re-2 superintendent David Smucker. “Construction crews have made great progress. However, the timeline was going to be extremely tight. We wanted to be sure that teachers were able to set up their rooms and provide the highest quality learning environment possible for our students.”

Elk Creek Elementary is the newest school to the Re-2 district. Construction crews have been working through the summer refurbishing the existing Riverside Middle School into an elementary. Construction began on the elementary school toward the end of May with renovations including painting, carpet, lighting and fixtures, a kitchen renovation, insuring classrooms meet codes specific to elementary schools, re-design parking, a new entry and some interior construction.

The project is included in the $74.9 million bond program passed by Re-2 voters in 2006. The bond also includes the completion of the new Riverside Middle School adjacent to Kathryn Senor Elementary, a new elementary school in Rifle which broke ground in May, and an extensive remodel of Rifle High School which also began this summer. All of the other schools will open on Aug. 18.

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