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RFSD Update

The Roaring Fork School District is a busy place these days, with $86 million in voter-approved construction projects either currently under way or upcoming. The school district’s construction management team provided this update and timeline on the status of projects across the district.

School construction projects slated for completion by fall 2006:

The new campus for Basalt Elementary School is well under way. Workers currently are constructing the foundation and walls.



The small remodel project at Basalt Middle School is being bid together with work at Basalt High for cost savings. The BMS remodel will start in the spring with a majority of the work this summer.

Excavation work is nearing completion and foundation work beginning for the new classroom wing at Basalt High School.



Excavation work for the expanded Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale will be combined with site work for the new Roaring Fork High School in order to save funds. When the CRES campus is completed and classes consolidated, CRES west campus (formerly Carbondale Elementary) will be taken off line as a public school. Discussions are ongoing between community members, the town of Carbondale and the school district regarding possible community uses for the campus when the school is vacated.

Architectural designs for minor renovations at Glenwood Springs Elementary have been completed, and in January work will be bid for cost savings along with a small remodel project at Glenwood Springs Middle School. Work at GSES and GSMS will take place this summer.

Construction on a new classroom wing to alleviate capacity issues at Sopris Elementary in south Glenwood Springs is moving quickly following a November groundbreaking. Underground plumbing and stem walls are being completed, and the concrete slab will be poured soon.

Slated for completion by January 2007:

Soils engineering work is under way at the site for the new Roaring Fork High School. The 13-month construction project will create a dynamic, new midvalley high school in Carbondale.

Slated for completion by fall 2007:

The former Roaring Fork High School will be converted into a larger home for Carbondale Middle School students. Architectural and construction team members currently are developing the remodel plans for the new home for midvalley middle-school students.

What is now Carbondale Middle School will be converted into a home for the districtwide Bridges High School, where students have been splitting time between the district’s Career Center and space at the Blake Street Colorado Mountain College location. The former Carbondale Middle School campus also will become home to a districtwide support facility to centralize departments such as technology and maintenance. The campus will house the Carbondale Family Resource Center, which currently resides in a modular building.

Slated for completion by December 2007:

A community groundbreaking ceremony for the expanded Glenwood Springs High School campus is planned for late January to kick off the 23-month overall construction project.

A community groundbreaking ceremony for the expanded Glenwood Springs High School campus is planned for late January to kick off the 23-month overall construction project.

Other projects:

The track and first phase of work at the Field of Dreams project at Basalt High School is completed, and the remaining facilities will be built this summer.

The search continues for a new location for a midvalley bus facility that will open up space at several Carbondale and Basalt school campuses.

The school district board of education issued a go-ahead to community organizers who plan to open the old brick nonprofit community center in the original school building on the Basalt Elementary campus earlier this month.

For more RFSD info, visit http://www.rfsd.org, call 384-6000 or e-mail info@rfsd.org.

Susie Romig is public information officer for the Roaring Fork School District.


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