New Riverview School Opens Sept 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2017
Contact: Kelsy Been, RFSD Public Information Officer
New Riverview School Opens Sept 5
The Roaring Fork School is preparing to open Riverview School on time for the start of the 2017-18 school year on September 5. The new PreK-8 dual language, project-based learning school will open with 345 students and 45 staff members. This incredible milestone is a result of staff, parent, student, and community support and participation.
“We have an amazing crew at Riverview who have been working incredibly hard to prepare for the students and families who will walk through our doors on September 5,” said Riverview Principal Adam Volek. “The team has been collaborating to create an inclusive, positive, and welcoming environment for all, and we’re excited for our Riverview families to feel the care and pride that goes into everything that we do for our kids.”
The school district, staff, students, parents, and community members have been working towards and anticipating this milestone for several years. Planning for the new Riverview School started in earnest after the $122 million bond issue in November 2015. The new $34.5 million school was part of the bond and built to help reduce significant overcrowding in the Glenwood Springs elementary and middle schools.
However, it was only a little more than a year ago, on June 1, 2016, that the Roaring Fork Schools broke ground on what was then called the “Eastbank” school. The new Riverview school was built in less than 14 months of construction, while a typical timeline for projects of this size is two years. This short timeline is a direct response to the Roaring Fork Schools Board of Education being very proactive and strategic in predicting the increased competition for construction and creating an ambitious timeline for construction to get more for less and be a good steward of taxpayer dollars.
This new prek-8 school is almost 76,000 square feet and can serve up to 450 students. A few of the school’s exciting features are the incredible views of the Roaring Fork River; a 7,000 square foot gym; a youth baseball/soccer field; an art/music/tech neighborhood at the front of the school; and breakout spaces in every classroom neighborhood.
“We turned to the community to design all aspects the school, from the layout of the physical facility to the project-based, dual language programming,” said Superintendent Rob Stein. “We are fortunate to live in communities where people are so engaged with their schools and there is there is so much support for education.”
As many parents and students can attest, the school design process has been very inclusive: the community has shaped this school into what it will be. Keila Valenzuela is an excited Riverview parent of soon-to-be second-grade and preschool students. For Valenzuela and her students, the most exciting part of Riverview has been the opportunity to be involved in the planning of the new school. “Our kids got to be involved in everything with the planning: they got to go to the school site; help pick the mascot; and even help choose the playground equipment,” Valenzuela said.
Valenzuela is very excited about the great teachers and leadership for the new bilingual school and believes it is a great opportunity for everyone. “I know my kids are going to be in good hands and get a good education,” said Valenzuela.
Another Riverview parent, Bruce Bell, talked about what he is excited about for Riverview for the next 11 years as one of his students enters into the early childhood program and the other prepares to start 6th grade. Bell has been involved from the beginning, helping to pass the bond issue, and has continued to be involved in the planning and design meetings.
Bell voted for the dual language program and believes it and the focus on project-based learning will be a huge asset to students. “I wish I would have had that opportunity as a kid,” Bell said. “It’s one of the best things about the school.”
“We're thrilled to welcome everyone to the school for our Meet the Teacher Night and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on August 31 from 5 to 7:30 pm. We can't wait to meet our new Riverview community and celebrate this incredible learning resource with everyone,” Volek said.