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School district details renovation, construction scenarios

The Archuleta School District 50 Joint has provided two scenarios: renovating existing facilities (the elementary school, located just south of U.S. 160 and west of 10th Street; the middle school and junior high, located on the 300 block of Lewis Street and on the north side of U.S. 160) or building new schools on recently purchased land adjacent to the existing high school. The second scenario contains two options (see below).

All cost estimates for the two scenarios, as well as assessments on facility deficiencies, have been provided courtesy of the district’s School Facility Advisory Committee (SFAC).

Current facility deficiencies.

Life safety concerns:

• Proximity to U.S. 160;

• roofing systems in need of repair and insufficient for area snow load;

• inadequate security;

• lack of adequate fire sprinklers and alarms; and

• multiple structural failures.

Code compliance issues:

• Lack of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility;

• poor air quality due to inadequate ventilation; and

• inadequate fire suppression systems.

Inadequate learning environments:

• Classroom overcrowding;

• lack of storage;

• lack of natural light (classrooms lacking exterior windows);

• noise control issues; and

• limited electrical capacity for technology;

The Renovation Scenario includes these suggested improvements:

• Provide 21st century learning environments;

• create necessary/functional educational spaces;

• adhere to code compliance; and

• address life safety issues.

Concerns not addressed by the renovation scenario:

• Adjacency to U.S. 160;

• ball field access requires crossing U.S. 160;

• temporary educational spaces required during renovation;

• expansion possibility not addressed; and

• restricted site during renovation.

The district could not provide an estimated lifespan for renovated buildings.

Approximate cost: $39,000,000.

Taxpayer impact per $100,000 of home value:

Residential — $5.78 per month/$69.32 per year.

Vacant lot/commercial — $21.04 per month/$252.53 per year.

The New Building Scenario has two options.

Option 1:

• New elementary school (80,000 square feet).

• New middle school (100,000 square feet).

Approximate cost: $56,600,000.

Taxpayer impact per $100,000 of home value:

Residential — $8.27 per month/$99.22 per year.

Vacant lot/commercial — $30.12 per month/$361.49 per year.

Option 2:

New Consolidated K-8 school (156,400 square feet).

Approximate cost: $45,600,000.

Taxpayer impact per $100,000 of home value:

Residential — $6.76 per month/$81.13 per year.

Vacant lot/commercial —$24.63 per month/$295.57 per year.

New buildings would include these suggested improvements:

• Provide 21st century learning environments over existing facilities;

• create necessary/functional educational spaces;

• use of natural light;

• indoor air quality addressed;

• improved technology;

• location away from U.S. 160;

• lockdown capabilities;

• future expansion capabilities; and

• building planned for the next 40-50 years.

Additionally, the SFAC states that new buildings would have a goal of a 20-percent reduction of potable water, a 20-percent reduction of energy cost and a 20-percent use of recycled content in building materials.

jim@pagosasun.com

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