D70 classes to start on schedule
Remodeling at most schools should be minor issue
Pueblo County District 70 students will begin classes as scheduled Monday, despite ongoing construction at most school buildings.
“At this point, we’re still optimistic that everything is going to get done and all schools will be able to open on schedule as planned,” Monte Montez, construction manager for the district bond projects, told the school board Tuesday night.
Montez gave the board an update of progress on the district’s $59.5 million bond program.
Although work on the remodeling of many of the schools’ main entryways and office space has not been completed, Montez said it should not affect the opening of school.
Classes begin Thursday for sixth- and ninth-grade students. All other students start classes on Monday.
Montez said at six schools, students and staff will be rerouted to an alternate main entry for the first day of school as the projects have not been completed.
Those schools are Avondale, Vineland, North Mesa, South Mesa and Rye elementary schools and Vineland Middle School.
The alternate entries will be marked and signs will direct parents and students to the entrance.
Montez said the bulk of the bond projects scheduled to be completed this summer are running on schedule, however, slow-ups in getting materials and weather led to some delays.
“We just hope parents are patient and follow the lead of the schools in getting through this first week of school,” said board member Ted Ortiviz,
At most schools, students will return to new bathrooms, carpet and paint.
Some schools will have remodeled office space and others will have new classroom space.
In an unrelated matter, the board approved the appointment of Perry Rogers as interim principal at Beulah School of Natural Sciences.
Rogers had been a fourth-grade teacher at Prairie Winds Elementary.