by Kirk Banghart,

Superintendent of Schools

Moffat School District

On Tuesday, November 5 the voters of Moffat School District approved the matching money bond to build a new state-of-the-art PK-12 school.  The existing school, built in 1921 and expanded little by little over subsequent decades starting in the 1950s, has been suffering evident degradation due to age, soil conditions and weather for many years.

In conjunction with the bond, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is providing a grant reserve to allow adequate funding for the new Pre-K through 12 school facility.  The new school is expected to be built in a lot next to the existing school and will be approximately 50,000 square feet.  Consilium Partners has been hired to work as the Owner’s Representative and RTA Architects out of Colorado Springs is currently under contract negotiations as the Project Architect.  It is anticipated that a general contractor will be selected before the end of the year in order to assist with pricing and constructability as the new facility is being designed.  Construction would begin in early summer 2014.

The Board of Education has put together a Design Advisory Group (DAG). This group will be the basis for design direction and input for the project.  The DAG will consist of a mix of school board member(s), staff and students, community members, and the school superintendent, Kirk Banghart.  Along with the DAG, the community at large will be invited to monthly meetings during the design

phase of the project to provide input and feedback.  Community members will also be encouraged to reach out to the DAG folks, as they will be the representatives of the community during the project.  The design phase of the project will move quickly and require dedicated involvement from the DAG and community.  A list of meeting dates for the next few months are listed below:

• Dec 18: Community Meeting (coincides with Moffat School Winter Concert) 5:30pm

• Jan 22: Community Meeting  5:30pm

• Feb 26: Community Meeting 5:30pm

A very special thank you goes out to the voters of Saguache County for making this project happen.  Although “once-in-a-lifetime” can sometimes be a cliché phrase, in the case of this new school facility and for the community, school staff, and board members that made this happen, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will be met with excitement and great expectations.