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The community is invited to learn about conceptual plans for the Clear Creek School District’s new elementary school at a town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Carlson Elementary School.
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The meeting will provide the community with plans for the school in the former middle school on Highway 103, plus other possible tenants there, being called partners. The Clear Creek school board heard a presentation at a study session on Aug. 11 about how the new elementary school likely will fit into the building and what impact partners would have on the design.
According to Mike Riggs with RTA Architects, the elementary school would take up most of the first, second and third floors. However, if the school board decides to allow either an early child care center or Clear Creek Community for Art and Education, or both, into the unused space, that would change some of the parameters for the elementary school.
If the school board decides to allow a skate park or a multipurpose field on the property, that would change plans for the elementary school and preschool playgrounds and play areas.
Board members said they want to give the community — school district parents and employees, business owners, taxpayers and more — time to comment and ask questions about the conceptual plans, which is why the town hall meeting will be conducted Aug. 22.
They also want to ensure that money from the 2021 bond to fund the new elementary school is used specifically for the school and not for the partners. They asked about making sure that potential partners would be capable of funding the renovations they need. However, the bond money will pay for asbestos abatement for the entire building.
A portion of the building could potentially be used for the school district administrative offices.
Riggs reminded the board that conceptual drawings were just that, concepts of how space could be used. Moving forward and as the school board makes decisions, the architects will create specific plans.
District officials said they know the community will have a lot of questions, and they will begin responding to them at the meeting and then create a frequently-asked-questions section on the Clear Creek Constructs tab on the school district website, ccsdre1.org.
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