Moffat BOE to give direction for BEST Grant application

by Kirk Banghart, Superintendent of Schools, Moffat Cons. School Dist. # 2

Over the past two months Wold Architects and the District’s Facilities Master Plan Committee has hosted three community meetings to discuss and get feedback on the condition of the Moffat School campus. These community meetings have provided valuable information that will be presented at a special session of the Board of Education on Monday January 7 at 5:30 in the Moffat Cafeteria.

In 2009 the State of Colorado initiated an assessment of all the state’s schools for structural integ- rity, functional capacity and efficiency with an eye to establishing a benchmark about where state facilities are. The preliminary results of our Moffat facilities raised a number of questions, so the school board sought further advice.

In the spring of 2012, the Moffat Board of Education (BOE) sent out a request for proposals to evaluate the current state of the facility and to create a long term master facilities plan for the Moffat School site. The BOE interviewed three master planning architecture firms, and chose Wold Architects to help with the building evaluation (audit) and master plan.

Wold found that the original  Moffat School structure was built in 1921. The foundation has been seriously eroding away from the effects of the alkali percolation. It’s not as bad as it may sound; however, it’s bad and must be addressed. There are many more issues, as well: ventilation and climate control, heating and cooling, and school safety are just a few of the issues that have been identified.

The District’s Facilities Master Plan Committee, comprised of community members, parents, staff, and a board member, studied this report and has drafted recommendations for the BOE. The board will have the opportunity to hear recommendations from the committee at the January 7 meeting and will also have an opportunity to hear from the community as well. This will be an opportunity for the board to give direction to the administration about pursuing a grant from the Department of Education to help offset the cost of solutions developed by the committee.

It is critical that the Board of Education has an opportunity to hear from community members before they make this critical decision. Please make every effort to attend this special session of the Board of Education on January 7, 5:30pm, at the Moffat School cafeteria.