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.
Construction crews are moving to the middle section at Reunion Elementary to put up walls and start to enclose this part of the school. The two-story area, which will house grades three, four and five, is mostly enclosed now.
Reunion Elementary School is scheduled to be finished this summer, so school can start in the new building in August. Furniture will soon be ordered for the school, and the front parking lot has already been put in.
Crews poured more concrete grade beam to create the foundation at 27J's Comprehensive High School 3 site. The concrete pour was in the performing arts wing of the school. The first wall at the high school for the main hallway continues to go up with concrete masonry units. With warmer weather this week, construction crews were able to work without plastic sheeting around the wall under construction.
The first wall at School District 27J's Comprehensive High School 3 is starting to go up. Concrete masonry units were used to finish constructing the elevator core at the school. The elevator core has been completed. Crews have now moved to start building the first wall for the high school. The wall will be part of the main hallway that divides the classroom area from the performing arts wing of the high school.