A groundbreaking ceremony was at Vikan Middle School March 10 to mark the start of construction for a new classroom wing. About 50 people attended the event.
Vikan National Junior Honor Society officers led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance to begin the program. Speakers at the event were: 27J Board President Patrick Day, 27J Superintendent Chris Fiedler, 27J Senior Construction Project Manager Ranette Carlson and Vikan Principal Trina Norris-Buck.
Vikan eighth grade students and Principal Norris-Buck were the first to ceremonially break ground at the event, followed by seventh and sixth grade Vikan students and then 27J Board of Education members and Superintendent Fiedler. A team of Vikan Middle School staff and teachers also took a turn to dig in and turn shovels filled with dirt.
The Vikan Middle School Addition and Renovation project budget is $8.8 million and renovations inside the school will begin this summer. The project includes building the new classroom wing, renovating classrooms to make four larger classrooms, a complete roof replacement and a new secure entry.
Other improvements will include electrical upgrades, a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system; window replacement and new energy-efficient lighting in the gym.
Construction crews are finishing their first week of work to build a new classroom addition at Vikan Middle School. Foundation work is starting at the school. A community groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled on Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Vikan Middle School, 879 Jessup St. in Brighton.
Workers are putting brick on the exterior of Reunion Elementary School as crews continue to build the school. The brick is going on the section of the school that will house students in grades three-five. Window glass could start being installed as early as next week for this part of the school.
Community members, parents, principals, teachers, staff members--even students--met recently to gather information in order to give input about needs for the shared school site at Northeast Elementary School and Overland Trail Middle School.
Recently, the two Design Advisory Groups from both schools came together for a discussion about how to enhance the shared campus concept for these schools. Committee members are looking at how to improve the flow of pedestrian, auto and bus traffic. They are studying options like adding walking paths and intergrating the schools by creating a shared campus, since Northeast Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate School, and Overland Trail Middle School is in the process of applying for IB status.
School District 27J will use bond funds to improve these schools and the shared site, but the scope of the construction project has not yet been determined.
There was activity going on at School District 27J's Middle School No. 5 site, located at the northwest corner of 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton. Soil testing was being conducted for a Geotech survey on the land where the new middle school will be constructed.
During this Geotech survey, soil samples are collected in the area where the school will be constructed so architects know how to design the foundation for the middle school. Some of the data this type of sampling reveals includes what type of soil makes up the land and how far down the bedrock is at this location.
Steel construction continues at 27J's Comprehensive High School 3. Crews are also building walls with concrete masonry blocks. The high school is under construction at 136th Avenue and Yosemite Street in Thornton. By the end of this week, a second crane will be on site and both cranes will be moving steel beams and joists to build the school.
Exterior framing at Reunion Elementary has started for the main part of the school, which is where the office and entry to the school will be. Interior framing is going on in the two-story part of the school, and the stairs have been constructed in that part of the school. Dry wall is going up soon in the two-story building. Windows are expected to be installed in the two-story building this week and brick will soon start being put on the exterior of the school.
Steel joists are going in for the foundation floor of the classroom wing at 27J's Comprehensive High School No. 3. More steel columns have been set upright in the classroom wing, too.
The first structural steel columns went up on Jan. 11 at 27J's Comprehensive High School No. 3. More than seven loads of steel beams and columns have been delivered this week to the school construction site in Thornton.
27J School Safety Teams were practicing radio communication techniques during Interoperable Radio System training on Jan 9. Safety teams from schools including Brighton High, Prairie View High, Heritage Academy, West Ridge and Pennock Elementary schools and Bromley East Charter School were in training in the morning.
In the afternoon, more school safety teams participated in radio training including Stuart Middle School, Prairie View Middle School, Turnberry, Henderson and Thimmig elementary school staff members. Besides school personnel, Brighton Police and Commerce City Police School Resource Officers attended the training along with Brighton Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Gerard Lutz.
The District training was conducted by School Safe representatives Randy Long and Mike Coleman. They emphasized that ongoing practice using the radio system is key to be able to use the radios most successfully during an emergency situation.
The training exercises included practicing communication on the radio system using training radios, running through crisis scenarios and practicing giving first reporting information over the radios.