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July 8th, 2019 News Release

 News from Sheridan School District No. 2

Contact: Mark Stevens

mstevens@ssd2.org

303-495-8699 (mobile) • 720-328-5488 (office)

News Release

July 8, 2019

Sheridan School District 2 Awarded $931,000 BEST Grant to Rebuild ECC/SOAR Academy Roof

Superintendent Pat Sandos today announced that Sheridan School District 2 has received a $931,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education to fix the leaky roof over the building that covers the Early Childhood Center and SOAR Academy.

The grant comes through the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program, which was launched in 2008 to address capital construction needs across the state. The BEST program was critical in the construction of Fort Logan Northgate School, which opened four years ago.

“We are extremely appreciative that the board overseeing the BEST process recognized the importance of our needs, because they are real,” said Superintendent Sandos. “The buckets catching water in our classrooms and hallways are ample proof.” Sheridan Schools will contribute $547,000 as its share of the project.

Chief Operations Officer Cindy Wright said the district will immediately begin the process of identifying a roofing contractor, with an eye to begin work in spring of 2020 to avoid any disruption to students and school schedules.

The east side of the building houses SOAR Academy, the district’s alternative high school. It was built in 1952 along with the gym. The west wing was added four years later. Today, the west wing serves three- and four-year-old children in the Early Childhood Center.

Wright said the district has tried patching leaks since 2010, but patches and the roof itself continue to fail. The SOAR Academy side of the building is in worse condition, with water pouring in “like an open faucet,” said Wright, after heavy rains. Eleven sections of the roof will be fully replaced, five smaller sections will be repaired, and three sections are in good condition and won’t be involved in this project.

About Sheridan School District 2

Located southwest of Denver, Sheridan School District 2 seeks high-level post-secondary options for all students through continuous improvement of quality instruction. More: www.ssd2.org

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Sheridan School District NO.2
4150 South Hazel Court
Englewood, Colorado 80110
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