The Colorado Department of Education recently awarded APS more than $16 million in future grant funds toward the cost of replacing Mrachek Middle School with a new middle school building. APS could contribute an additional $24 million in matching funds to construct the school. The Mrachek grant was one of the 31 projects—out of 53 applications—awarded funding by Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), a grant program that helps public schools with capital construction needs ranging from news roofs and boilers to major renovations and new schools.
Mrachek was built in 1975 as an “open plan” school, designed without windows, interior doors or classroom walls. Although the school has received some construction improvements over the past few years, the APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee has recommended that the school be replaced with a new facility that will provide a modern learning environment to meet student needs.
The grant award is contingent upon APS Board of Education authorization and voter approval of a $300 million bond question that could be included on the November 2016 election ballot. The Board is expected to decide on whether to authorize the bond question in August.
The proposed Mrachek Middle School project is part of the LRFAC’s five-year plan to address building and technology needs at every school in the district. To learn more about the LRFAC plan, which forms the basis for the potential bond program, visit 2016 LRFAC recommendations.