Boulder Valley School District serves over 30,000 students over 500 square miles in buildings constructed in nearly every decade of the last 120 years. Almost 72% of BVSD buildings are more than 30 years old. With this in mind, the Board of Education directed staff to complete an assessment of the condition of Boulder Valley School District facilities and appointed the Capital Improvement Planning Committee to work with district staff to identify and prioritize capital improvement needs and advise the Board of Education regarding the long term facility needs of the District.
A complete building and site assessment was performed on all district buildings, encompassing over 4.5 million square feet of district assets. In addition, the committee identified capital improvement needs that extend beyond those of specific schools and will strengthen district infrastructure as well as expand educational opportunities for students. This work is the basis for the Educational Facilities Master Plan which identifies $576 million in capital projects that will improve learning environments in all schools. It will extend the life of buildings worth investing in and replace schools that have reached the end of their service lives.
At a glance
Across the district, the plan calls for:
Rebuilding existing schools that are beyond repair: Emerald, Douglass and Creekside elementary schools;
Providing new learning spaces or renovating existing spaces as needed for the expansion of full day kindergarten, expanded preschool, special education, fitness and physical development;
Constructing a new school in Erie for enrollment growth serving Pre K through 8th grade students;
Providing safe, healthy, comfortable learning environments through security upgrades, asbestos abatement, ventilation upgrades and installation of air conditioning in select buildings;
Improving energy efficiency with lighting upgrades, HVAC upgrades, and ensuring systems are performing optimally;
Supporting innovative teaching methods to personalize learning and prepare students for college and careers and increase the use of instructional technology;