Yuma School District-1 [Yuma, CO] is putting a $17 million bond issue before the district’s electors in the November election. The Yuma-1 Board of Education approved the ballot question during a special meeting held [Sep. 8] at the district office. The meeting followed a presentation and open house by CTA Architects Engineers and Specialized Engineering Solutions. CTA presented alternate floor plans, as well as some conceptual drawings.
The board — President Dan Ross, and members Thomas Holtorf, Kim Langley, Marc Baucke and Lindsey Galles — unanimously approved the ballot question, which will be 3D on the ballot. Prior to voting, the board and Superintendent Dianna Chrisman went over the results of a survey sent out to the district’s voters. Approximately 300 were returned, out of about 1,500 registered voters in the district. The majority, 54 percent, of the respondents were in favor of the proposed renovation and expansion at the Yuma High School campus, while 41 percent were against, and the remaining 5 percent were undecided. Chrisman said 82 percent of the respondents do not have children in school, and 45 percent are 65 years old or older.
The project would include replacing outdated electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems at Yuma High School, implement secure entrances to the school, provide updated instructional technology, including wireless internet access, to better meet modern education’s needs. The plans include expanding and adding space for career and technical education programs, including ag education. Renovating the school’s gymnasium, The Pit, to improve safety and security, and improve its useful life, is included in the plans, as is an auxiliary gym, a wrestling room, and locker rooms at the outdoor sports complex.
The Transportation Department would have improved office space, and protection for the district’s fleet of vehicles. Floor plans indicate the YHS expansion would be to the west, putting the front entrance facing straight down Main St., harkening back to the days when the old Yuma High School stood at the far south end of Main.
LAURA KOEHLER, PROJECT MANAGER:
“Following two interactive community engagement sessions (shown in images attached to this post) during which passionate attendees contributed great ideas influencing the master plan, CTA delivered final materials — including renderings, master plans, and facilities assessments — to Yuma School District-1 for use in their bond campaign. Our team is enthusiastic about continuing to partner with Yuma-1 and the community to design and implement rich, 21st century learning environments in which Yuma High School students can thrive.”