Roaring Fork Schools awarded $531k BEST grant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2017
The Roaring Fork Schools was recently awarded a BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant for $531,909 from the Colorado Department of Education. Funding from the grant will go towards constructing safe, secure, and welcoming entry vestibules at Glenwood Springs Middle, Carbondale Middle, Bridges High, Basalt Elementary, Basalt Middle and Basalt High schools. Additionally, the grant will provide partial funding for security camera upgrades and access card readers at these schools.
The district’s matching funds for these projects was made possible from the taxpayer-supported $122 million bond. “We are so grateful to our communities for their support to pass this bond,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “We are also very appreciative of the Colorado Department of Education’s BEST Grant program. This grant funding will allow our bond dollars to go further in improving our facilities for 21st Century learning.”
The district’s grant application scored in the top five out of the 50 applications submitted. This application is one of many successes with the state’s BEST Grant program in recent years. The district’s owner representative, NV5, has played a big role in achieving this success. “The NV5 team has been a great partner and has lived up to their promise to make sure our bond dollars go as far as possible and to look for additional resources and funding opportunities,” said Stein.
The district was also awarded over $9.1 million to partially fund the addition and renovation at Glenwood Springs Elementary School in 2015, prior to the bond passing. The successful bond measure provided the matching funds necessary for the Glenwood Springs Elementary School project to proceed.
“The district made a commitment to our community that we would explore avenues to leverage our bond funding with grant programs, and I’m happy to report we have been successful with BEST and other grant applications,” Stein said.
Construction of all the bond projects are underway, with the majority of the facilities projected for completion at the start of the 2017-18 school year.