Re-2 hopes to save cash by caching food and supplies in new building |

Re-2 hopes to save cash by caching food and supplies in new building

The Garfield Re-2 school board broke ground Tuesday on a $550,000 maintenance and nutritional storage building.

The 10,000-square-foot metal storage building is located next to the Wamsley Elementary School in Rifle, and will enable the district to centralize both its food nutrition and maintenance storage needs. School officials project that the added storage capacity will save the district money.

“This new storage facility allows us to buy foods and maintenance supplies in quantity, therefore cutting our overall costs,” said superintendent Gary Pack.

“In addition, we’re now able to computerize our inventory procedures. Before we had this kind of centralized storage, we had to monitor our inventory at each school. This facility will make the inventory process much more accurate,” he said.

The storage facility was funded through a school bond issue, which has injected $39 million into the district. The district added $6 million more through general reserve funds, bringing the overall total to $46 million, funding major construction projects within the district over three years.

Besides the new storage facility, projects include a new high school between New Castle and Silt and major improvements and additions to existing schools.

The groundbreaking ceremony came at the start of the Garfield Re-2 school board meeting. Officials returned to the district office for the rest of the meeting.

Board members approved a new pedestrian bridge over Elk Creek in New Castle, between 7th Street and Riverside Elementary School. The bridge is a collaborative effort between the town of New Castle and Re-2.

Superintendent Pack reported that in exchange for the use of Riverside’s main sewer line to service New Castle’s Castle Valley Ranch development, the town agreed to erect a pedestrian bridge for students to get to and from school.

“This bridge is so much safer than the Main Street bridge that crosses Elk Creek” farther downstream, Pack said. “This nice, new pedestrian bridge will keep our students off the road. Plus it’s open to community members who like to walk and hike in that area of town.”

Also on the agenda was a special presentation by Chris Coffelt, director of technology. Coffelt gave a report on a new web-based computer program called Powerschool.

The program allows parents to access their children’s attendance and scholastic records through the school district’s website.

“This program is very exciting in terms of what parents can access in real time,” said assistant superintendent Ava Lanes. “Parents can check on attendance and assignments and receive instant information.”

The Powerschool program also has the capability to provide substitute teachers with extensive background materials. Lanes anticipates that in the future, students will also be able to utilize the system in ways that will further support their education goals.

“Powerschool has a lot of capabilities,” Lane said. “We’re looking forward to fully utilizing the system.”

Presently, parents may log on to Garfield School District Re-2’s website at garfieldre2.k12. and click on “Powerschool.” Parents will need a special code to access information. Contact Chris Coffelt at 625-7600 for more information on the program.

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