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Golddigger Field grand opening tentatively set for April A grand opening/homecoming for the new Golddigger Field is tentatively planned for April 9, but two factors will determine whether the event …
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Golddigger Field grand opening tentatively set for April
A grand opening/homecoming for the new Golddigger Field is tentatively planned for April 9, but two factors will determine whether the event will happen.
First, April 9 is supposed to be the Diggers’ homecoming football game, but some opposing schools are having difficulty fielding teams, so the game might not be played.
Second, COVID-19 protocols regarding outdoor gatherings will determine how many people will be allowed into the stadium, which is behind Clear Creek High School, and the district will need to make plans to keep attendees separated.
Superintendent Karen Quanbeck told the school board on Feb. 16 that district officials were considering inviting small groups at other times to tour the new stadium, which got a makeover thanks to the 2018 bond approved by voters.
There’s a new turf field, more bleacher seating, an announcers and press booth, a concession stand and restrooms. Since the district put in a turf field, which is more expensive than a grass field, it will have to find funding for lights, a picnic area and a wall of fame.
District studying four-day school week
The Clear Creek School District is studying whether to implement a four-day school week as soon as this fall, and Superintendent Karen Quanbeck has created three committees to investigate different aspects of the question.
The committees are doing research, listening to stakeholders about the pros and cons of such a change, and designing solutions to barriers.
The four-day school week idea has been brought up before, most recently in 2018. District officials thought the schedule change might attract and retain teachers, which has been an issue for the district for many years. In Colorado, nearly two-thirds of the school districts have four-day school weeks.
Quanbeck told the school board on Feb. 16 that the winter parent survey asks for opinions on the idea, and the solutions design committee will need to find options for students on the fifth day.
She suggested that high school students could do internships or apprenticeships or take classes elsewhere. Elementary and middle school students might be able to participate in learning activities outside of school. Another question is who would pay for the fifth-day activities.
She said there was a difference between parents philosophically disagreeing with a four-day week idea and parents with concerns about affording the fifth-day activities or finding something for their children to do.
“In the end, parents will tell us what they want,” Quanbeck said. “We don’t want anything to divide the district, and we have to continue to listen to families.”
Searching for property for new bus barn
The Clear Creek School District is looking for property to relocate its bus barn.
The current bus barn and maintenance facility across from the Clear Creek rec center and the Golddigger Field property are being sold to Four Points Funding based in Steamboat Springs for $2.5 million. Superintendent Karen Quanbeck said she expects the sale to be finalized in mid-April.
While the district will be able to use the existing facility until September 2022, it must find a property, and design and construct a new facility.
Quanbeck said the district is talking with county and municipal officials about possible sites. The district is also considering using its property next to Building 103 — the former middle school building in Idaho Springs — for the facility.
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