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Brian Calhoun of the architecture firm RTA gave about a dozen interested people a look at some of the proposals for Rye Elementary, Craver Middle School and Rye High School as the Board of Education considers whether or not to put a bond measure on the ballot in November. The meeting was held at the Media Center at Rye High School Monday night at 6:00 p.m.
The gathering precedes a meeting Thursday at the Baxter Learning Center in Pueblo between the District 70 principals and the bond ambassadors for each school to refine the list. The initial list for the three schools carries about a $6 million price tag for the valley schools.
Bond ambassadors are people who are not employed by the district who encourage and increase support for the eventual decision of the district. They also are instrumental to the initial feedback on what should go on the list. Suzanne Samuelson is the ambassador for Rye Elementary and Craver Middle School. Gina Wiant is the Rye High School ambassador.
The schools were quiet at the meeting but will soon be back in full swing. Sixth graders beginning at Craver and ninth graders beginning at Rye High School will start on Thursday, August 9. The rest of the students will begin on Monday, August 13.
Among the proposals for the three mountain schools are increased security, improved parking, and landscaping at all three schools. Other projects under consideration are an all-weather play area at Rye Elementary along with a synthetic turf play area.
Craver is considering a woodshop and enlarged weight room. The high school is looking at a fully functioning second gymnasium and an auto shop.
The board of education will first decide if they will put a bond issue on the ballot and then determine the amount of the measure. A bond measure was defeated during the last election by a significant margin.