The Colorado Department of Education recently awarded East Middle School with at $17 million grant to help with the cost of a partial building replacement and remodel.
The grant funding will come from Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), a program that helps public schools with capital construction needs ranging from new roofs and boilers to major renovations and new schools. Thanks to BEST funds, APS was also able to rebuild Mrachek Middle School, which was completed in 2018.
BEST requires that school districts provide a match for project costs. APS is providing a 60 percent match or about $26.5 million in funds toward construction. As part of the 2016 bond program, East was already slated to receive more than $16 million for improvements. Recently, the APS Board of Education authorized an additional budget increase of more than $10 million.
East Middle School opened in 1965 designed around a campus plan concept and was remodeled in 1986 to connect the separate structures into one building. With the use of grant and bond funds, East will receive a new cafeteria, academic wings and front entrance to the building. The school will also receive renovations to the existing gym, arts building and auditorium. The project is slated to be completed within the next three years.
The new building for East Middle School provides a new opportunity as APS continues its community-driven long-term planning process, called Blueprint APS. As we plan for the future, it is critical to make the best use of our facilities and resources to provide more choice options for students and families.
We are grateful to our generous Aurora community for passing our $300 million bond measure in 2016. Bond funds are providing building and/or technology improvements for every APS school.
To learn more about bond projects in APS, visit bond.aurorak12.org
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The 2016 bond program has funded technology improvements at every APS school. Improvements such as new Chromebooks, interactive whiteboards and updated wireless access points are improving learning spaces for our students