The Pueblo Chieftan

D70 students return to school

Ongoing construction projects at Pueblo County District 70 schools didn’t hamper the opening of classes Monday.

“This school year has started very smoothly,” Superintendent Ed Smith said Monday afternoon.

“We have construction at all of our 22 schools. However, because of dedicated staff members throughout the district, we have made necessary accommodations for our students.”

In addition to District 70 students, Pueblo City Schools (D60) had students return to classes on Monday at three schools — Goodnight, Fountain and Corwin International.

Cesar Chavez Academy and Dolores Huerta Preparatory High began classes last week.

Several District 70 schools opened with alternate entrances and amid construction dust as work is being completed on projects as part of the district’s $59.5 million bond program.

Despite delays in completing some of the projects prior to students returning from break, Smith said accommodations were made to ensure students and staff could begin classes without delays.

“I would like to thank our staff members, our parents and our students for being so supportive and understanding as we make much-needed improvements to our facilities.”

Four other local schools will begin classes this week.

The Pueblo Academy of Arts, formerly Pitts Middle School, and Risley International Academy of Innovation will open Wednesday.

Roncalli STEM Academy will begin the new year on Thursday.

District 70’s Connect School, a charter middle school, will begin classes on Friday.

All D60 schools that follow a traditional calendar will begin on Aug. 26.

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