Clear Creek board to decide on 4-day school week, Carlson Elementary renovations

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/9/21

April 20 is a big day for the Clear Creek school board when it is expected to decide on two issues: whether to move the district to a four-day school week and whether to renovate Carlson Elementary …

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Clear Creek board to decide on 4-day school week, Carlson Elementary renovations

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April 20 is a big day for the Clear Creek school board when it is expected to decide on two issues: whether to move the district to a four-day school week and whether to renovate Carlson Elementary School or renovate the former middle school to house Carlson.

The board will meet at 6 p.m., and information about the Zoom link to watch the meeting will be available at ccsdre1.org. The meetings are also livestreamed on the school district's Facebook page.

The four-day school week discussion started two months ago, though it has been on the district's radar for several years. A four-day school week would not save the district money, but it could be used to attract and retain teachers, which has been an issue for the district.

Reaction from parents has been mixed, with parents most concerned about finding options for their children on the fifth day if a four-day week was implemented. District officials have discussed options with organizations such as the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District and the Mountain Youth Network.

Superintendent Karen Quanbeck has said it was imperative to have parents on board with whatever the district did because the district can't survive a significant enrollment loss.

Across Colorado 62% of school districts, 111 out of 178, use a four-day week model including the Gilpin County School District.

Renovating Carlson Elementary, which was built in 1938, and maintenance needs at other buildings has been an important topic for district officials, and they are contemplating asking voters for a bond in November.

At the top of the bond list would be Carlson. The cost to renovate the building is estimated at about $15 million, while the cost to renovate the entire former middle school building, called Building 103, is estimated at up to $22 million.

The district believes it can get about $5 million by selling the Carlson property, while it could get about $1 million for Building 103.

District officials have conducted community meetings and entertained offers from developers regarding the building for more than a year.

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