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Mountain Valley Students Deserve Informed Voters

Mountain Valley Students Deserve Informed Voters

Mountain Valley School District has been awarded a once-in-a-lifetime $27 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant to build a safe and secure 21st-century learning facility for our students, our community, and our future. To receive this BEST Grant, voters who reside in our school district must approve a matching $3.7 million bond. Voting ballots have been mailed and the official election deadline is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Many residents have attended community meetings and received accurate information. However, some misinformation has recently surfaced and I would like to revisit the most frequently asked questions in detail. My hope is that all citizens will have factual information when they vote on ballot question 3B

Mountain Valley’s main building is over 50 years old and beyond its useful life. The current middle school was built in 1995 and will be repurposed as a transportation and maintenance facility.

WHAT IS THE BEST PROGRAM?

Building Excellent Schools Today legislation was passed in the spring of 2008 for the purpose of assisting school districts with low property values in upgrading facilities to a minimum standard of safety and functionality. Without this BEST funding, low property value school districts, like Mountain Valley School District, would never be able to build safe and modern school facilities for our students, families, and community.

HOW MUCH WILL THE PROPOSED NEW SCHOOL COST?

The total cost of a new PreK-12 school facility presented in the Mountain Valley School BEST Grant proposal was just under $31 million dollars. Last May, Mountain Valley School District was awarded a $27 million BEST Grant. To receive this BEST Grant, it will be necessary for district residents to match about 12% of this cost by approving a $3.7 million bond during the 2017 election. The State of Colorado will be providing 88% of the approved BEST project funding costs.

Architectural drawing of possible new school layout. The final design will be determined by Mountain Valley students, staff, administration, and community.

WHAT WOULD IT COST TO SIMPLY RENOVATE OUR CURRENT FACILITIES AT MOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT?

A 2009 facilities assessment by the Colorado Department of Education found almost $17 million worth of needed repairs at Mountain Valley School District. Since that time, conditions at the school have only deteriorated while costs have escalated. With a bonding capacity of only $3.7 million, Mountain Valley School can never repair the existing problems without funding assistance. Due to the current condition of our facilities and cost to renovate, remodeling was never a feasible option. The Colorado Department of Education’s Capital Construction Board ranked Mountain Valley’s new school construction project as the highest need in the state of Colorado and awarded a $27 million BEST Grant to build a new state-of-the-art school facility for our community.

NV5 Technical Engineering and Consulting Solutions estimated renovation costs using the formula $250 per square foot x 75,000 square feet = $18.75 million for buildings alone + additions + grounds improvements + temporary learning spaces for the students. NV5 also noted that the $3.7 million matching bond would still be required, and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) would not support renovations with Mountain Valley’s Facilities Cost Index (FCI = cost of needed repairs/value of the property) of 72.21%. Sarah Lara from NV5 stated, “In Mountain Valley’s case a new school makes the most sense, from a financial & safety/security standpoint for students and staff. Mountain Valley School was one of the highest needs schools that submitted an application, so that says a lot about the level of concern from CDE about the current buildings.”

Wold Architects and Engineers was asked for a professional opinion on renovation as well. Job Gutierrez from Wold stated, “Even if Mountain Valley fixed all of the current deficiencies at $16-18 million for system replacements (actual project costs would be higher), they would still be left with an old and antiquated school layout, not a modern 21st Century school with flexible learning spaces and project-based learning space opportunities. The $3.7 million matching bond would still be required.”

WHY DOES THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL COST MORE THAN THE MOFFAT SCHOOL?

Moffat’s new school was completed in August 2015, four years ahead of Mountain Valley’s scheduled completion of August 2019. According to NV5, the owner’s representatives for Moffat during their project, school construction costs have escalated more than 10% per year for rural and mountain communities. That is at least a 40% increase in construction costs. The Moffat School’s final cost was close to $18.3 million for 47,000 square feet of space or $390 per square foot. When current construction cost escalations are factored in, projected costs for Moffat’s school would be much higher in today’s market. Mountain Valley’s $31 million project is 67,000 square feet and works out to $462 per square foot. The Mountain Valley School will have additional student and community spaces, which include a gym and auxiliary gym, weight room, stage, media center, football field, rubberized track and a fitness trail. The new facility at Mountain Valley will be more than a school for students; it will be a welcoming space for our community and families.

WILL WE KEEP ANY OF THE BUILDINGS WE ALREADY HAVE?

The Mountain Valley School District Facilities Action Plan allows the Middle School building to be repurposed as a Transportation and Maintenance facility.

HOW DISRUPTIVE WILL THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS BE TO THE EDUCATION PROCESS?

The Mountain Valley School District Facilities Action Plan shows that the new school will be built and opened before vacating the old buildings.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO DO THIS NOW? ARE OUR CURRENT BUILDINGS NO LONGER SAFE?

During the 2017 BEST Grant application process, Mountain Valley School District was the top-ranked school in the state needing new educational facilities. Our buildings currently exhibit numerous safety, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing issues, as well as other urgent needs. In addition, there is only a limited amount of BEST funding available for projects like the one Mountain Valley School District has been awarded. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime funding opportunity to provide a much-needed new PreK-12 facility for our students, families, and community. With a bonding capacity of only $3.7 million, our district will never be able to improve our facilities situation and provide both today’s and tomorrow’s students with the safe and modern facilities they deserve. This $27 million BEST Grant funding opportunity may never be offered to Mountain Valley School again. Moffat, Creede, Sanford, South Conejos, Sargent, Alamosa, Monte Vista, Sangre De Cristo and Centennial schools have already built new and modern facilities with BEST funding.

Freedle Auditorium, built in 1933, is in disrepair and well beyond its useful life. This building serves as the kitchen, cafeteria, office and storage spaces at Mountain Valley School.

HOW MUCH WILL THE NEW SCHOOL COST ME AS A TAXPAYER IF I OWN A HOUSE OR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT?

If your property’s assessed value is $25,000, your tax impact will be about $2.34 per month or $28.02 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $50,000, your tax impact will be about $4.67 per month or $56.04 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $75,000, your tax impact will be about $7.00 per month or $84.06 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $100,000, your tax impact will be about $9.34 per month or $112.08 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $125,000, your tax impact will be about $11.68 per month or $140.10 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $150,000, your tax impact will be about $14.01per month or $168.12 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $175,000, your tax impact will be about $16.35 per month or $196.14 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $200,000, your tax impact will be about $18.68 per month or $224.16 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $225,000, your tax impact will be about $21.02 per month or $252.18 per year.

If your property’s assessed value is $250,000, your tax impact will be about $23.35 per month or $280.20 per year.

HOW MUCH WILL THE NEW SCHOOL COST ME AS A TAXPAYER IF I OWN COMMERCIAL OR AGRICULTURE PROPERTY IN THE DISTRICT?

For business and agricultural owners, the tax impact for every $100,000 of assessed commercial or agricultural property will be about $37.36 per month or $448.32 per year.

WHAT HAPPENS IF VOTERS DO NOT APPROVE THE 2017 BOND DURING THE NOVEMBER 7, 2017 ELECTION?

If the November 2017 bond fails, the $27 million BEST Grant awarded to Mountain Valley School District reverts back to the State of Colorado to be distributed to another school district that is willing to meet its BEST Grant match requirement. The first district in line to receive this money if we fail to pass our 2017 Bond is Mancos School District, which has already been selected by the BEST Grant Board as an alternate project should any project ahead of them fail to provide their match this November. If the bond fails, Mountain Valley School District will not have the necessary funding to address current safety issues and failing systems. BEST Grant funding is dwindling, and there is no guarantee that state funding will ever be available again to help our school.

NEED MORE FACTUAL INFORMATION?

If you still need more information regarding the new school at Mountain Valley, please stop by the school and visit with me. Factual information can also be found at BEST for MVS and The Superintendent’s Corner websites.

Thank you for taking the time to become an informed voter!

Travis Garoutte, Superintendent

 

Preserving History and Culture at the New Mountain Valley School

Preserving History and Culture at the New Mountain Valley School

As we plan and prepare for a new PreK-12 school at Mountain Valley, it is important to preserve and retain the rich history and culture from previous generations. This point has been articulated during the dozens of BEST Grant community meetings that have been held since November 2016. Hundreds of community members have participated and given input into what is important in a new school at Mountain Valley. Thank you to everyone who has participated in these meetings and helped build the vision and future of Mountain Valley School.

Last week, Mountain Valley issued a Request for Qualifications for an architectural/engineering team to design our new school. The response was incredible with over fifty professionals showing up to visit our school, tour the campus, and learn what is important to our community as we move forward in the design process. Architects interested in submitting a proposal must consider the following key points that were discussed at length during the tour.

How can we preserve the three memorials at Mountain Valley School?

The Otonio Genovevo Abeyta Memorial was dedicated to the memory of “Tony” Abeyta in 1987. Tony died September 3, 1965, while serving our country as a Marine in Vietnam. This memorial welcomes visitors to Mountain Valley School while honoring “God and Country.”

The Charles L. Coleman Jr. memorial was erected in 1996 on the north end of the football field in memory of “Corky.” This memorial includes two flagpoles set in a moss rock structure where Old Glory and the Colorado flag fly during home football games.

The Jack F. Curtis Sr. Memorial scoreboard has been a part of Mountain Valley football tradition for decades. This historic scoreboard memorial stands proudly at the south end of Jack F. Curtis Field.

These historic memorials will be included in the design of the new school and campus. Possibilities include displaying all three memorials at the new Jack Curtis Field. Alternatively, a Memorial Park could be built at the end of 4th street welcoming visitors to our school. This Memorial Park could include a walking path that connects the three memorials and tells a history of Mountain Valley School.

How can we transfer the artwork from the current gym to the new Bennett Gymnasium?

The 1987 artwork designed and painted by Vincent Gallegos, Charles Graves, Lori Ortega and Edna Quintana honors our school and other schools in the San Luis Valley. When opponents walk into our gym, they are welcomed and inspired by various mascots from our region. Ideally, this artwork will be replicated in the new Bennett Gymnasium, representing the various school cultures from across the valley.

How can we save and display the 10’ X 40’ Cochetopa Pass Buffalos mural that is painted on the south wall of the cafeteria?

In 1988, Fred F. Haberlein dedicated the Cochetopa Pass Buffalos mural to the students and teachers at Mountain Valley School. Haberlein has been nominated twice for the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Additionally, he has completed more single-handed murals than any other artist in the United States. Architects are already working on plans to save the Haberlein mural and display it in the new school.

How can we ensure that the new school fits in with historic downtown Saguache?

During the tour, architects were asked to visit downtown Saguache and consider historic architecture when designing the new school. School district residents have indicated that they do not want a school that looks like a “prison” or an “eyesore.” The new school should embrace the historic culture of the region while providing 21st-century learning spaces for our students.

The architect/engineering firm will be selected on November 8, 2017, through a competitive proposal, scoring, and interview process. After an architect is selected for our new school project, a Design Advisory Group (DAG) will be formed. The DAG will consist of 10-15 members, including students, parents, community members, MVS staff and administration. The DAG members will solicit feedback from all stakeholders and help ensure that the new school is designed and built to meet the needs of our students, staff, and community. If you are interested in the design process and serving on the DAG, please contact me at Mountain Valley School.

Have a great week!

Travis Garoutte, Superintendent

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Mountain Valley School strives to create a welcome, safe and healthy environment that inspires lifelong learners who are Positive, Ethical, Accountable and Kind.

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Empower and prepare every student for lifelong academic success and personal growth.

 

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