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.
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COVID-19 outbreak and PSD construction projects
The district is working closely with project contractors to continually assess the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on PSD projects.
Currently PSD doesn't anticipate COVID-19 pandemic-related construction delays at the new southeast elementary, new middle/high school at the Prospect site and new middle/high school in Wellington.
The district also doesn't anticipate any delays to renovation and improvement projects currently under contract and planned for summer 2020. As of mid-April, an estimated $13 million in projects are scheduled to occur this summer.
Design of the transportation maintenance facility at the north terminal, also a 2016 bond-funded project, will be completed; however, construction will be paused temporarily during the outbreak.
Anticipated opening dates for new facilities and timelines for improvements
- When will the new schools open? Anticipated opening dates for new schools and facilities are:
- Addition to Zach Elementary School: Completed fall 2019
- New Southeast Elementary School: Fall 2021
- New middle/high school at the Prospect site: Fall 2022
- District athletics complex at the Prospect Site: Fall 2022
- New middle/high school in Wellington: Fall 2022
- Transportation Maintenance Facility at the north terminal: Fall 2022 (may be accelerated)
When will improvements included in the 2016 Bond at existing schools begin? Projects that are part of the $40 million in improvements to all schools are well underway. During summer 2019, PSD made improvements across the district by renovating media centers, replacing furniture, updating heating and ventilation systems, and so much more. Bond-funded facilities improvements are expected to continue through 2022. View the schedule here.
- 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? Guidelines on grandfathering for the new under-construction schools will not be available until after Labor Day 2020. Once the guidelines are determined, information will be shared publicly.
- What grade levels will the Wellington-area Middle School/High School open with in 2022? In the first year (2022-2023), the school will serve all middle school grades and some high school grades (likely ninth and 10th grades), with an additional high school grade being added each school year after opening. In the third year of operation (2024-2025), it will serve grades sixth though 12th.
- What will happen to the current Wellington Middle School? PSD intends to re-purpose the current Wellington Middle School building when construction of the new school is completed. It is likely that this building will be converted to an intermediate school, housing grades fourth and fifth from both the Eyestone Elementary and Rice Elementary boundary areas. As more information becomes available about this potential reuse of the building, it will be shared with the Wellington community.
- What grade levels will the Prospect Site Middle School/High School open with in 2022? In the first year (2022-2023), the school will serve all middle school grades and some high school grades (likely ninth and 10th grades), with an additional high school grade being added each school year after opening. In the third year of operation (2024-2025), it will serve grades sixth though 12th.
- What options do students have to remain at their current school when new schools open? Students who reside within the boundary 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. Typically when new schools open, there is a policy regarding grandfathering; grandfathering decisions won’t be made until after Labor Day 2020.
Additions to the Long Range Facilities Plan
- We have heard there is additional funding available from premium and interest associated with the bond sale. What will this funding be used for? Because of market conditions at the time PSD sold the bonds, PSD was able to secure additional funds above the $375 million par value of the bonds. As of February 2020, funding determinations for the bond premium were not yet been finalized.