Re-1 students return to school as construction continues |

Re-1 students return to school as construction continues

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Students in the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 won’t see a lot of changes in the inside of their buildings, but they’ll certainly see quite a few on the outside.The curriculum and programs for the students will remain pretty much the same this year, according to Judy Haptonstall, superintendent of the district.”There’s nothing really new because we want to make sure what we do, we do really, really well,” Haptonstall said. “That’s the direction for this year.”But on the outside, there are all kinds of changes in the works.

Glenwood Springs High School is expanding into the location of the former True Value hardware store and several other businesses, adding a 38,000 square-foot building to the existing high school for more classrooms. Construction of the new building began in fall of 2005 and completion is expected in January 2008. The $38.1 million cost is being funded by a bond issue passed by voters in November 2004.According to Haptonstall, there will be no impacts to students at the high school during the construction period. Classes in the school district started yesterday. Basalt Elementary School will open its doors on Thursday due to construction at that site.”Right now, people are seeing a steel structure going up,” she said. “But there will be no impacts (to students) and it will be built in three phases.”The need for the expansion is due to an anticipated increase in student enrollment.

Other building projects in the district include:n Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs has added eight new classrooms, which are now open. Cost of the addition was $3.1 million.n Glenwood Springs Elementary School has undergone a major remodel at a cost of $800,000.n Crystal River Elementary School in Carbondale is adding a preschool that is slated to open in December 2006.

n Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale is constructing a 90,000 square-foot building for $18.3 million that is scheduled for completion in July 2007. The old middle school will then move into the high school.n Basalt Elementary School will start on Thursday, Sept. 7, with an additional 10,000 square feet of space. Cost was $11.4 million.n Basalt Middle School also saw renovations to the tune of $2.6 million.n Basalt High School will get six new classrooms totalling 13,500 square feet, as well as a new Field of Dreams ball field. Cost is $4.3 million.Haptonstall took over as the new Re-1 superintendent this summer, following the retirement of former longtime superintendent Fred Wall in June. An 18-year veteran with the district, she previously served as assistant superintendent.

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