Anthem P-8 Community Meeting Recap
Adams 12 Five Star Schools staff and the construction team for the new P-8 School in the Anthem Highlands community hosted a community meeting Feb. 28 to brief parents and community members on the planned school's progress. Topics included a design update, the plan for upcoming construction as well information on the principal hiring process and boundary planning process.
A downloadable meeting presentation is included at the bottom of this page. Here is a brief review of topics covered:
A representative from school designer Hord Coplan Macht walked through the latest school design plans including upper and lower level floor plans, architectural renderings of the school's main entry, commons area and library. He also discussed school security, pointing out that all school day-time visitors will enter the building through a secured front-entrance vestibule. He also noted the school design was vetted by building security experts and representatives from the Broomfield Police Department.
A representative from Adolfson & Peterson Construction briefed meeting attendees on what they can expect during the year-long construction process. Construction crews will begin to mobilize on the site at the end of March with signage, fencing, layout and equipment. Some of the first work the community will see beginning in April is the large export of dirt from the site and drilling work for the school's geothermal energy system.
Construction hours will adhere to City and County of Broomfield ordinances but will typically run from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with Saturday work, as needed. Truck traffic will take Lowell Boulevard to Preble Creek Parkway to Pikes Peak Drive into the construction site.
Principal Hiring Process
Screening interviews have been completed for principal candidates. Community members are invited to a "Meet the Candidates" Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 6, at the Educational Support Center, 1500 E. 128th Ave., Thornton. An announcement on the selection of a new principal is expected no later than March 24. The new principal will begin their work in July 2017 and will spend the year prior to the school opening hiring staff, developing school programming and processes, and engaging the parent community.
Attendance Boundary Development
The process has began to develop attendance boundaries for this new school. This boundary process is steered by a set of guiding principles that help the district understand the values and interests of the community in developing attendance boundaries. These principles will be used in the development of attendance boundary scenarios this summer. Community members will have the opportunity to review these scenarios during a series of meetings this fall. A final decision on a new attendance boundary is expected by December 2017.
The new attendance boundary is expected to encompass the entire Anthem community. It is still to be determined if any neighborhoods from outside the Anthem community will also be included in the school's attendance boundary. This will be determined by a number of factors including the school's projected opening enrollment.
Please click here to learn more about the boundary process and to take the guiding principles survey. The survey must be completed by March 12.
Thank you for your support and excitement about the opening of this new school. Follow ongoing Anthem P-8 updates at www.adams12.org/initiatives/2016-bond-program/anthem-school.
For questions or additional information, contact our Bond Communications Specialist Kevin Denke via email or at (720) 972-4135.
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