School in need of rehabilitation

Voters in the Manzanola School District are being asked by the Manzanola School District Board of Education to support a project that will renovate Manzanola Junior-Senior High School and add a state-of-the-art elementary wing to their historic school.  The $2M bond will provide the required match for a Colorado BEST Grant.   If Manzanola School District voters approve the $2M bond, the State of Colorado will fund $30M for  the remainder of the project.  BEST Grant dollars are primarily funded through state land leases, marijuana taxes and lottery profits.
 
The Manzanola BEST Grant application was unanimously accepted by the BEST Grant Board primarily because of safety concerns and significant deterioration in the Manzanola Junior-Senior High School and Manzanola Elementary School.  “Much like people, schools have a life span and unfortunately our schools may have outlived their life expectancy,” said Tom Wilke, Manzanola Superintendent of Schools.

If successful, the project will begin almost immediately with Wold Architects and Engineers assisting the community with the design of the project.  “The project will be interesting as we incorporate the old and the new, developing a design that will create a 21st Century Learning Environment for Manzanola’s students,” said Josh Grenier lead architect on the project.   BEST Grant projects are typically turn-key projects with the latest technology and learning spaces.  The renovation and addition will take approximately two and one-half years to complete.
 
This is the second year the Manzanola School District has posed the issue to voters.  In 2017 the ballot question failed by a large margin.  Board members surveyed the community and significantly altered the project plan and BEST Grant application based upon input the received from the community.  A second grant was submitted to the BEST Grant Board leading to the 2018 question, 5A.    The November 6 election will be a mail-in election and ballots have been mailed. For more information, call school district office at 719-726-0296.