In the Lake County School District, we are working to improve education in all ways, including the condition of our facilities. Our West Park and Pitts Elementary School facilities are deteriorating. The Colorado Department of Education ranks them among the top 10 poorest-condition schools in the state. In anticipation that these schools will no longer be able to safely and reliably serve students in the future, the District submitted a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant application in February 2019 for $20.8M to help fund a $34.7M replacement of the West Park facility, which would be designed to serve students in grades PK–2. In May, we learned that our grant was recommended for funding.
February 2019: Submitted BEST grant application
May/June 2019: BEST grant award announcements
If awarded a BEST grant, the Board of Education will seek a bond measure on the 2019 November ballot for $13.9M, 40% in matching funds required by the Colorado Department of Education to receive the $20.8M grant.
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