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Planning for Play

Playground improvements aim to increase access and play options for students of all abilities.

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New Vista construction is underway!

Construction of New Vista's new home kicked off this summer! The new 76,000 square foot building will be ready for students in December 2024. 

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 2022 Facilities Critical Needs Plan

The capital improvement program generously approved by voters in 2022 will invest in all BVSD schools to address major maintenance needs in aging buildings to extend their useful life; replace New Vista High School; pla n for  enrollment growth; create more Career and Technical Education opportunities; and make it easier for students of all physical abilities to enjoy our playgrounds.

Bond Program News


Board Approved Grants Applications | Jan. 23, 2024

At the January 23 meeting, the Board gave staff  the go ahead to submit applications to the State's BEST program for grants for the New Vista and Boulder Prep high school projects. 

  • Boulder Prep High School - BEST Grant Capital Construction for $1,000,000
    The Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant Program from the Colorado Department of Education helps with the construction of new schools and general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures. With this grant, BVSD would be able to address facility needs that were not included in the 2022 Critical Needs Plan. This would include additional roof replacements, HVAC and security system improvements, and classroom space improvements.

  • New Vista High School - BEST Grant Capital Construction for $3,000,000
    Upon completing an updated environmental building assessment, it was determined that the scope of asbestos abatement will be significantly more than originally anticipated to demolish the current building. Initial estimates from consultants project that abatement may cost approximately 50-75% more than prior estimates. If the BEST grant is awarded, it will help cover the increased costs.

Staff on playground

Ask nearly any elementary student what their favorite part of the school day is and you are likely to hear a resounding, “RECESS!” This welcome break in the school day brings a chance to get outside, play, socialize, and recharge. However, for students with physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities, play equipment options can be limited and hard to get to.

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New Vista construction

Across BVSD, crews are getting ready to start construction on renovation projects as soon as students and teachers leave for summer break later this month. This summer will be the first major construction season of the current Building for Student Success bond-funded construction program approved by voters in November 2022. The BVSD Bond team has approximately $42M of construction work planned from April through September, with another $28M in design work occurring simultaneously. 

Read More about 2024 Summer Construction Update
Kris Stoppenhagen photo

Before coming to work at the Boulder Valley School District, as the executive director of Bond Planning & Construction, BVSD left quite an impression on Kris Stoppenhagen. “Boulder Valley School District was really my favorite client,” Stoppenhagen said. 

As a project manager with RLH Engineering, Stoppenhagen worked with a lot of local school districts including Jeffco Public Schools, Eaton School District, Weld RE-4 in Windsor and Thompson School District.  Through different projects, BVSD always stood out to him. 

Read More about Leadership Profile: BVSD’s commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ enticed him to lead the bond team
Centaurus CTE mockup

As part of BVSD’s efforts to expand Career and Technical Education offerings and support student success, the Bond-funded Building for Student Success building renovation program passed by voters in 2022 will expand and update Accelerate centers at middle and high schools throughout the district and the central career acceleration center at the Arapahoe Campus in Boulder.

Read More about Bond investment leads to cutting-edge career acceleration at BVSD

Updates to the Board of Education


Jan. 9, 2024

Oct. 24, 2023

May 9, 2023