PROPOSED PROJECTS

Investments by School

PROPOSED INVESTMENTS IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY


At its August 15 meeting, the Board of Education approved the placement of a $271M bond measure and $5M mill levy override on the November 8, 2022, general election ballot. The bond measure includes the following projects:

  • A new elementary school in RainDance

  • A new elementary school in Peakview

  • A new 900-capacity middle school

  • An addition at Severance Middle

  • An addition at Severance High

  • A new Career & Technical Education Center at Severance High

  • An expansion at Windsor Charter Academy

  • Existing building repairs and replacements


NEXT STEPS

The bond measure and mill levy override will go before voters for approval on the November 8 general election ballot. For more information on voter registration, polling places, or ballot drop boxes, visit Vote 411.




Note: Prices are estimates and may be subject to change. Renderings are preliminary and may change.


Total Community Investment: $271 million

If approved by voters, this bond measure would mean a net property tax increase for residential property owners* within the Weld RE-4 School District, estimated monthly at:

  • Per $100,000 of actual residential property value - $5.01

  • Per $450,000 of actual residential property value - $22.53

  • Per $600,000 of actual residential property value - $30.04

This bond and its tax impact would last 25 years.

*Commercial property tax rates are approximately four times the residential rate, depending on property classification.

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NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Need

Our elementary schools range from 102% to 130% core building capacity .

Highlights

Two new elementary schools are planned for the RainDance and Peakview neighborhoods. The Design Advisory Committee worked with the architects to develop a districtwide prototype that will accommodate 600 students, with a target of 24-25 students per class.

  • 75,000 sq. ft.

  • 600-K-5 student capacity and 64-preschool student capacity

  • 100-student Small Learning Communities (SLCs), stacked two stories, that include student gathering space, technology resources, and teacher workrooms / support offices.

  • Centralized innovation commons and maker space.

  • Fitness/wellness, music/stage, and cafeteria that are close in proximity to promote afterhour use and to be used as the central social gathering locations for students.

  • Teacher workrooms and administrative support offices

Impact

  • Additional 600-student capacity per school

  • Relieves capacity challenges at existing schools

Costs (each)

  • $35,701,870 construction costs

  • $4,298,130 soft costs

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NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WINDSOR

The Need

Windsor Middle School is serving 809 students in a building intended for 700 students. In addition to capacity challenges, 36,172 sq. ft. of Windsor Middle School is inoperable. Severance Middle School is now serving at 126% core building capacity (755 students served for a 600-student building).

Highlights

This project envisions the construction of an additional middle school at a site off of 15th Street, a direct result of community feedback. We're working to purchase a 40-acre site, located adjacent to a future town park, from the Town of Windsor. The Board also looks to extend the useful life of the existing Windsor Middle building through repairs, as well as construct an addition to Severance Middle.

  • 154,864 sq. ft.

  • 900-student capacity

  • 300-student Small Learning Communities (SLCs) that include student gathering/collaboration space adjacent to classrooms, technology resources, teacher work areas/support offices

  • Innovation commons and design lab

  • Culinary and industrial arts classrooms

  • Sports fields, track, outdoor play area, tennis courts

  • Outdoor classrooms and community gardens

Impact

  • Additional 900-student capacity

  • Helps reduce traffic congestion on Main Street

Costs

  • $76,520,000

construction costs

  • $15,304,000 soft costs

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SEVERANCE MIDDLE ADDITION
& REMODEL

The Need

Severance Middle School was designed and constructed with future growth in mind. The building is now serving at 126% core building capacity (755 students served for a 600-student building).

Highlights

The school has reached the point where this planned addition is now necessary to achieve a student population of 900. Additionally, we look to expand educational opportunities for our students through an innovation commons, maker space, and design lab.

  • 51,100 sq. ft.

  • 900-student total school capacity

  • Auxiliary gymnasium and weight room

  • Cafeteria expansion

  • Two-story learning community

  • Center-based special education suite

  • Design lab

  • Parking expansion

  • Remodel of the band/vocal areas to accommodate the cafeteria expansion

  • Remodel and expansion of the classroom collaboration spaces

  • Library renovation to become the innovation commons and maker space

  • Creation of an upper-level corridor in the classroom wing to improve student flow

Impact

  • Additional 300-student capacity, reducing capacity challenges

  • Provides increased program opportunities for students

Costs

  • $21,738,281 construction costs

  • $4,347,656 soft costs

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SEVERANCE HIGH ADDITION

The Need

The growth in the Severance and West Greeley area has greatly increased enrollment at Severance High School. SHS is expected to have more than 900 students for the 2022-23 school year, exceeding its capacity of 800 students.

Highlights

The school was constructed with growth in mind, with the ability to add additional wings or "pods" over time. This addition would include expanding the school to accommodate an additional pod.

  • 39,000 sq. ft.

  • 1,200-student total school capacity

  • 17 classrooms, including flexible learning spaces and science labs

  • Additional collaboration spaces, teacher work rooms, and conference rooms

Impact

  • Additional 476-student capacity, reducing capacity challenges


Costs

  • $18,014,750 construction costs

  • $3,602,950 soft costs

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SEVERANCE HIGH CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER

The Need

As Severance High School has grown and reached its capacity limit, there is also a high demand for students to participate in Career & Technical Education (CTE) subjects — culinary, welding, and vocational agriculture. Busing from SHS to WHS for classes is not in the best interest of our students, reducing their time spent learning in the classroom in lieu of travel time between the two schools.

Highlights

This project would provide a dedicated space for CTE directly across the street from the main school building.

  • 20,800 sq. ft.

  • 216 additional student capacity

  • Culinary kitchen with catering prep space, garment/laundry, pantry, and wet storage

  • Welding shop with attached classroom and storage for materials and tools

  • Wood shop

  • Agricultural science lab

  • Greenhouse

  • Staff offices

Impact

  • Serve 216 students, reducing demand-capacity challenges for the CTE classes

  • Added CTE program options on site


Costs

  • $11,051,723

  • construction costs

  • $2,210,344 soft costs

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WINDSOR CHARTER ACADEMY EXPANSION

The Need

Windsor Charter School currently has one gymnasium to serve both middle and high school levels.

Highlights

The proposed Firebird Facility will include a gymnasium and locker rooms, as well as three classrooms.

  • 37,351 sq. ft.

  • 150 additional student capacity

  • Gymnasium with training spaces

  • 3 classrooms

  • Staff offices

Impact

  • Additional 150-student capacity


Costs

  • $13,069,956

  • construction costs

  • $4,930,015 soft costs

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EXISTING BUILDING REPAIRS & REPLACEMENTS

The Need

In addition to capacity challenges, many of our buildings require significant repairs that are beyond our annual budget.

Highlights

The proposed projects touch schools across the district, extending the buildings’ lives, reducing energy costs, and upgrading security and safety items. These are items identified by our Maintenance & Operations team as high priority.


Districtwide Safety and Security ($7.1M)

  • External door access control

  • Public address system upgrade

  • Internal / external security cameras

Windsor Middle School ($5.3M)

  • Extend the building's useful life through replacements of the roof, roof-top units, boilers, and water heaters.

Priority 1 Repairs ($4.8M)

  • Skyview School of STEM: Boiler replacement and cafeteria roof-top unit replacement

  • Tozer Primary School: Kitchen floor replacement

  • Windsor High School: Replacement of the roof-top units and roof sections

Priority 2 Repairs ($1.3M)

  • Windsor High School: Replacement of the stadium turf field and shock pad


Impact

  • Expand the useful life of existing buildings

  • Reduce operating costs

  • Enhance school safety and security


Costs

  • $18,500,000 approximately