Nw school additions open with new school year
Construction at all the elementary and middle schools in Pueblo West is finished, and many schools will welcome students and staff into their new classrooms at the start of the school year.
And at Pueblo West High School, classrooms are anticipated to be ready, while other big changes are still underway including the secure entryway and performing arts addition.
“The classrooms are getting finishing touches, and we have a target ate of Aug. 1,” said Pueblo West High School Principal Martha Nogare. “Then we can assign teachers to the 13 classrooms.”
Nogare said teachers are especially excited to move into the newly completed wing of classrooms – at the far west end of the school – because several teachers “floated” last year after the temporary classrooms had to be removed from the property due to other construction. Not having classrooms of their own was difficult.
She said some shuffling around will happen to hopefully group most disciplines in clusters.
The secure entryway of the school also includes construction for a new location for the principal, assistant principal and other administration offices. As of now, the estimated finish for the entrance is September. Until then, the entrance to the school is located to the west of the main entrance area.
The performing arts complex, which includes an auditorium and rooms for band and choir, is on schedule to be completed in January. A new weight room is also going in, estimated to open in November, and the woodshop should open in January as well.
“There is so much going on!” Nogare said. “We know the construction mess will create some havoc for parents and students as school starts, but in the long run this is so great for Pueblo West students and the community.”
She noted the improved stadium and tennis courts are already getting lots of use from the community.
Pueblo West High School will be bustling when school starts, as enrollment is expected to be over 1,400 students. Last year there were approximately 1,250 students enrolled, so the increase is a big one.
“We’re getting a number of District 60 kids because of both academics and athletics,” Nogare said.
Elsewhere in Pueblo West, staffs are gearing up to open their new construction to the public as well. A 10-classroom addition at Liberty Point Elementary is finished and will be utilized starting this fall.
LPE will offer an extended open house on Aug. 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m., during which families can tour the new addition themselves.
Sierra Vista Elementary, Prairie Winds Elementary and Skyview Middle School also received classroom additions that will open this fall. Other construction done at Desert Sage and Cedar Ridge Elementary schools was already finished, and Liberty Point International began utilizing its completed classroom addition in the spring before school was out.
“We truly appreciate the support of the taxpayers in making these projects possible, and as they begin to come to life we see the impact they have for our kids in our community,” said Ryan Elarton, Director of Business Services for Pueblo School District 70. “We are thankful for the work of our local contractors and the cooperation and patience demonstrated by the community.”