It’s easy to wonder where the $567 million bond will be spent. Let’s break it down. You can visit our What Will They Build at My School page for the complete list of Facility Fact Sheets prepared by the Jeffco Schools Facility Team. If you start with the high school for your area, you’ll find a summary of all items to be addressed at the schools within that articulation area.
Episode 2: Green Mountain & Arvada
This week our deeper dive into 5B looks at the Green Mountain and Arvada articulation areas.
Green Mountain Articulation Area
Green Mountain has been in the headlines in recent days, but it is not the attention the Rams are seeking. Instead of talking about how GMHS is fostering the evolution of career and technical education, 9News reported that damage caused by recent storms forced the cancellation of school sporting events and damaged the library and science rooms.
Green Mountain is 45 years old and was originally built as a temporary facility. Work completed nearly 25 years ago provided a more comfortable environment. But this portion of Jeffco has not stopped growing and the building did not stop aging. Jeffco plans to invest $13,606,922* in Green Mountain High School if voters approve 5B. The work will include replacements of the heating and cooling systems, needed updates to the cafeteria kitchen, and electrical work for safety and capacity. They will also address safety and security by updating security cameras, hardware, and modifying vestibules, entries, and common areas for optimum security. An addition to the school will permit the removal of temporary buildings and a school-wide renovation will further protect Jeffco’s asset.
The bond package also includes two new schools – one of which is planned for the Green Mountain articulation area to address growth in west Lakewood. Jeffco has allocated $28 million for the proposed elementary school.
All other schools which are in the Green Mountain articulation area will see improvements totaling an additional $7,110,394.* The variety of work is outlined in the chart above. For greater detail, you can view each school’s Facility Fact Sheet:
- Devinney Elementary - $1,208,704*
- Dunstan Middle School - $608,884*
- Foothills Elementary - $1,313,600*
- Green Mountain Elementary - $1,267,243*
- Hutchinson Elementary - $2,269,596*
- Rooney Ranch Elementary - $442,367*
Arvada Articulation Area
Arvada High School has proudly served Arvada and Jeffco for over 100 years. AHS serves their diverse community by empowering students and providing a rich school environment. For example, AHS students who participate in the ASCENT Program can earn college credit while concurrently enrolled in high school.
Despite the vibrant activities inside, the 47-year-old building needs significant attention to continue to provide a home for this terrific program. To protect this asset, Jeffco will invest $14,765,828* to build an addition to the school and remodel the existing facility. As with all high schools in the district, investments will be made to improve safety and security, including updating security cameras, hardware, and modifying vestibules, entries, and common areas for optimum security. Electrical capacity will be expanded, and outdated electrical components will be replaced. The aging roof, furniture, flooring, paint, and lighting will all be replaced.
Middle and elementary schools in the Arvada articulation area will see an additional $26,690,141* of improvements, an investment certainly needed in Arvada. This work includes an addition at Foster Elementary, home of the Dual Language Program.
The variety of work at each school is illustrated in the chart above. View each school’s Facility Fact Sheet for greater detail:
- Arvada K-8 - $2,397,906*
- Fitzmorris Elementary - $1,891,794*
- Foster Elementary - $5,949,807*
- Hackberry Hill Elementary - $1,075,477*
- Lawrence Elementary - $2,831,578*
- North Arvada Middle School - $3,324,436*
- Peck Elementary - $2,385,520*
- Secrest Elementary - $1,485,500*
- Swanson Elementary - $3,273,650*
- Thomson Elementary - $2,074,473*
Next week, we’ll explain how 5B will improve schools in the Wheat Ridge and Ralston Valley articulation areas.
You can visit our What Will They Build at My School page for the complete list of Facility Fact Sheets prepared by the Jeffco Schools Facility Team. If you start with the high school for your area, you’ll find a summary of all items to be addressed at the schools within that articulation area.
*These are the estimated costs of the proposed improvements. They are subject to change based on final project scopes.