Ribbon cuttings celebrate completed bond projects

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

New school, expansions provide more space for students

With construction complete, September was a chance to celebrate three bond construction projects that a met a bond goal of increasing space for students. 

Ribbon cutting ceremonies took place at the new Thunder Vista P-8 in Broomfield as well as at Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek elementary schools in Westminster, where both schools were expanded to eliminate mobile classrooms.

The construction of Thunder Vista P-8 in the growing Broomfield community of Anthem met a couple goals identified as part of the 2016 Bond Program. First, it provides a dedicated neighborhood school for Anthem, a community expected to swell to about 2,600 residential units. The new school, expected to eventually served 1,000 preschool through eighth-grade students, also alleviates overcrowding at surrounding district schools in the northeast portion of the district. Rocky Top Middle School in Thornton, for example, was recently able to return its library to its original purpose after years of using it for temporary classrooms as enrollment soared over 1,400 students.

At Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek, mobile classrooms had long been an unwelcome but necessary part of life for students and staff. At Arapahoe Ridge, mobile classrooms were needed since the school opened in 1998. Arapahoe added a 12-classroom expansion, which also allowed the school to add a pilot tuition-based preschool program. Cotton Creek Elementary added a wing with eight new classrooms.

Bond funds also gave both schools the opportunity to renovate their existing building. Arapahoe Ridge replaced carpet with new vinyl flooring in building corridors along with a fresh coat of paint. The school also received a new playground with improved ADA-accessibility. In addition to new corridor vinyl flooring at Cotton Creek, a set of former kindergarten classrooms were reconfigured into a suite of rooms for students with special needs. 

Both schools also received brand new classroom technology, which includes new interactive projectors and whiteboards as well as classroom audio systems. 

The projects are part of a $350 million bond program approved by voters in November 2016 that is making new construction as well as building improvements possible across the district.