Questions and Answers about New Schools
Thanks to the support of voters, Poudre School District has secured $375 million in bond funding to support construction of three new schools, an athletics complex, a transportation facility, and $40 million in ongoing facilities improvements.
See below for "Frequently Asked Questions" about the new schools and facilities improvements.
If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anticipated opening dates for new facilities & timelines for improvements
- When will the new schools open? Anticipated opening dates for new schools and facilities are:
Addition to Zach Elementary School: Winter 2019
New Southeast Elementary School: Fall 2021
New Prospect Site Middle School/High School: Fall 2022
New Wellington-Area Middle School/High School: Fall 2022
Athletics Complex at the Prospect Site: Fall 2022
Transportation Maintenance Facility at the north terminal: 2022
- When will improvements included in the 2016 Bond at existing schools begin? Improvements at existing schools will begin in 2018 and continue through 2022.
- Have boundaries for the new schools been determined? Yes. Boundary areas for the three new schools have been drawn through the work of a Boundary Committee. Information and maps of the new boundaries are on the PSD Boundaries web page.
Grandfathering and grade levels at new schools
- Will grandfathering be an option for students who wish to remain at their current school when new schools open? PSD strives to offer grandfathering options to students who reside within the boundary areas for new schools. In most cases, grandfathering options are available to students at the highest grade at each level when a new school opens. This means that 5th graders at the elementary level, 8th graders at the middle school level, and 11th and 12th graders at the high school level are typically offered a grandfathering option when a new school opens. In some cases, existing schools are simply too full to offer a grandfathering option, however. PSD will make a definitive determination about whether to offer grandfathering options for the new schools being built a bit closer to the anticipated opening dates of these schools. Once this determination has been made, it will be shared with all families residing within the boundary areas of new schools.
- What grade levels will the Wellington-area Middle School/High School open with in 2022? PSD anticipates opening the new Wellington-area Middle School/High School with grades 6 through 10 in the building. 11th grade would be added in 2023 and 12th grade would be added in 2024. Since the new Wellington-area Middle School/High School will replace the existing Wellington Middle School, the entire middle school (grades 6 through 8) will move to the new building when it opens in 2022.
- What grade levels will the Prospect Site Middle School/High School open with in 2022? PSD anticipates opening the new Prospect Site Middle School/High School with grades 6 through 10 in the building. 11th grade would be added in 2023 and 12th grade would be added in 2024. If grandfathering is offered when the new Prospect Site Middle School/High School opens, 8th graders currently attending Preston as their neighborhood school, but who reside within the new school boundaries, will likely be given the option to remain at Preston for their 8th grade year and transition to the new school for 9th grade.
- What options do students have to remain at their current school when new schools open? Students who reside within the boundaries areas of new schools, but who wish to remain at their current schools when the new schools open have the option to submit School of Choice applications to remain at their current schools. School of Choice seats will be offered to applicants on a space-available basis in accordance with District Policy JFBA.
Additions to the Long Range Plan
- We have heard that there is additional funding available from premium and interest associated with the bond sale. What will this funding be used for? PSD is currently planning to use some of this funding to support the creation of an Innovation Center/Futures lab for our high school students. This idea is still in development and more information will be shared with the community as it becomes available. PSD is also considering additional uses of the available funding from premium and interest, and will share more information about how these funds might be used in the future as specific plans are developed.