Pueblo D70 bond project: $2.8 million earmarked for Craver MS
In November, property owners who reside within the expansive Pueblo County School District 70 will be asked to improve all schools by approving a $75 million bond that would see no new tax increase implemented.
Ballot Measure 4A would raise funds for schools in Pueblo West, the Mesa and the Mountain Region without a tax increase, through the restructuring of bond debt already on the books.
If approved, the bond would provide more than $6 million for infection control and COVID 19-mitigation measures, and security camera system and intercom replacements and upgrades, at all schools.
This series will examine how the bond funds would be spent at each school.
Craver Middle School (built in 1976): $2.8 million
Shop addition and expansion: A new addition would be constructed to allow more students to participate in the shop program and to make room for additional equipment. The addition would be connected to the main building by a corridor, providing security. This project would also include new network infrastructure, new IT infrastructure, and electrical work to integrate the new building with the main facility.
Correct structural issues: The northeast end of the building, near where the planters are currently located, has significant structural issues due to uneven settling. The floors and walls that are impacted would be fixed as part of the shop building addition, as it will affect the construction of the corridor connecting the new addition.
Roof upgrade: A new roof would be installed, eliminating problematic leaks throughout the facility. The new, high-quality roof system has a 22- to 30-year life span, is energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Install window film: The front of the school and entrance area windows would see 3M window film installed. This reflective film improves privacy and security by preventing people from looking in. In addition, it increases the energy efficiency of the building by reducing the heat gained through the window.
New air conditioning system and controls: A new, high-efficiency air conditioning system would be installed, replacing units that are at the end of their expected life. The new system boasts modern controls, allowing for integration with the district-wide control system. These new systems are geared to increase comfort and provide substantial energy savings.
New rooftop air conditioning system for kitchen and gym: A new, high-efficiency air conditioning unit would be installed on the roof to serve both the kitchen and gym, significantly improving comfort in these areas that currently have no cooling.
Craver Middle School, Todd Seip explained, is heavily utilized by the communities of Rye and Colorado City for a variety of purposes.
"The gym hosts a constant barrage of youth basketball, volleyball, and adult pickleball games throughout the year,“ said Seip, the district's public information officer. "The front of the school was upgraded in the last round of construction projects and looks great, with the new parking lots and entrance, but there are still issues inside.
"The school population has steadily increased over the last few years, and with that, we’ve seen increased participation in the school's Career and Technical Educational programs. But the existing shop space is just too small to handle a class of 20 to 30 students. So additional space is desperately needed to allow students to learn engineering and construction in a safe environment.
"There have also been some structural issues following the last addition to the school and parts of building are settling and causing damage to floors and walls. A new roof upgrade will take care of the constant leaks during rain and snowstorms.”
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