A LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
On behalf of the Montrose
County School District I want to thank our communities for their support
for the passing of Referendum 3A that will replace the old Columbine
Middle School with a new Columbine Middle School! The enthusiasm of our
community to make this goal come true was amazing.
election there have been many planning meetings that have occurred. I
want to bring you up to speed on what is happening.
Architect has been selected. The Blythe Group from Grand Junction was
selected. There wasn’t any firm from the Montrose and Olathe area that
made a proposal. The local companies are too small to take on this
project. The Blythe Group will have the following local companies as a
part of their team: Del-Mont Consultants, Motley Architecture, and
Wolverton Landscaping. Community members were a part of this selection
2. The General Contractor has been selected. FCI from Grand
Junction was selected. Stryker Construction is collaborating with FCI.
On Tuesday, January 17th FCI hosted a meeting for local contractors that
might want to bid on specific portions of the project. Over 50 local
contractors attended. If you were not there or didn’t know about this
meeting please contact FCI. Community members were a part of this
3. Geo Technical Services will be done by Lamperts Geo Technical Engineering, a local Montrose company.
A community Design Team has been meeting working with the architects.
This team is providing ideas, concepts, floor layouts, and program needs
to the architects. Over 40 community members, students, teachers, Board
Members, and administrators are participating in this group. They have
already met six times.
5. The Architects have been meeting with
the staff to get their direct input on the design process. These
meetings are referred to as the User Groups.
6. Actual digging at the site will begin towards the end of May.
the project moves forward there will be live presentations from the
site via “Facebook Live”. Information will also appear on the districts
Facebook page, Twitter, and District home page. The intent is to keep
the community informed of what is happening throughout the project.
again I want to remind our community that with spring coming our
students will be taking state tests. These are critical to our students
and our school district. These tests provide critical information so
that our students and parents know how they are achieving and growing as
students. These tests are also helpful for our students to be
accustomed to taking high stakes testing. It doesn’t matter if you are
going to further education, military, vocational school, becoming an
electrician, plumber, or a mechanic to name a few, our students will
have to take a high stakes test, for nothing else this is good practice
for our students. Taking a test for the first time with a job on the
line is not a good idea.
The School Board believes in these
tests. The State of Colorado has listened to the parents of the state
and have made the tests a better tool to evaluate how our students are
achieving. Our schools have a history of performing well when all of our
students take the test together. Together the Montrose County School
District will achieve these high expectations that we all want for our
Once again thank you for your continued support of your school district!
Stephen Schiell, Superintendent Montrose County School District
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