Upcoming Community Engagement on Repurposing Buildings

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Aurora Public Schools Community,

We are beginning a new phase of community engagement as we continue implementation of Blueprint APS, our long-term facilities and educational plan. As we have shared previously, implementation started in 2019 and has included the following work:

  • Closing 8 schools (Century, Lyn Knoll, Peoria and Wheeling have closed; Paris, Sable, Sixth Avenue and South will close at the end of this school year)
  • Repurposing two buildings to open two new magnet programs (Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus and Clara Brown Entrepreneurial Academy)
  • Rebuilding East Middle School and renovating Virginia Court Elementary School
  • Building and opening two new schools for the 2023-24 school year (a P-8 school in Region 3 at the former Lyn Knoll site and a P-8 school in the Aurora Highlands)
  • Planning to open a new One Health Innovation Center that includes space for P-TECH on the same campus as North Middle School
  • Planning to open a P-TECH program focused on Construction Trades in the Community College of Aurora’s new Center for STEM, Power Mechanics and Applied Technologies
  • Preparing to build a new school in Horizon Uptown

Of the 8 school buildings that are closed or closing, four have already been repurposed for educational programming needs including:

In addition, a need has been identified for the following building:

  • As we continue to serve an increased number of students with special needs, we need a new location for the Sierra School. Century Elementary has been identified as the new location that can accommodate Sierra School’s space needs into the future. In addition, there may be additional opportunity to house district itinerant staff members at Century. Some of those staff members work with students with special needs at various APS schools throughout the district.

Upon designating these identified uses, there are three remaining buildings that with community input we will need to identify repurposing uses for: Paris, Sable, and Sixth Avenue elementary schools. Paris and Sable Elementary schools are located in Blueprint APS Region 1, and Sixth Avenue is located in Blueprint APS Region 3. APS will begin the community process for Region 1 over the coming weeks by hosting two Information Sessions and three Input Sessions. Community processes for Region 3 are expected to begin in 2023. As part of the initial Region 1 community process, we will be hosting two Information Sessions and three Input Sessions over the coming weeks.

The information sessions will provide an overview of the repurposing process, explain objectives and provide a space to answer questions. These information sessions, led and facilitated by Aurora Public Schools staff, will serve both to inform those who are invested in the process, as well as those interested in potentially submitting proposals for repurposing buildings. The same presentation and information will be provided at both information sessions, which are open to anyone who is interested in attending. Please note the presentation will also be recorded and shared on the Blueprint APS website.

Below are the dates and times for the Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 2 at 8 a.m.
Paris Elementary School
1635 Paris St. 
Aurora, CO 80010

Monday, November 7 at 5 p.m.
Sable Elementary School
2601 Sable Blvd. 
Aurora, CO 80011

In addition, there will be input sessions for those who are interested in providing input regarding reuse possibilities and desired community benefits. These input sessions will be facilitated by Keystone Policy Center. Input gathered from these sessions will be shared on the Blueprint APS website

Below are the dates and times for the Input Sessions:

Monday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Virtual Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94576296854 

Tuesday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Sable Elementary School
2601 Sable Blvd. 
Aurora, CO 80011

Wednesday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Paris Elementary School
1635 Paris St. 
Aurora, CO 80010

All community members are welcome to attend any of the information and input sessions. In addition, we will be sending out a survey to gather input in the coming weeks. We encourage you to complete the online survey and stay engaged throughout the process. 

Lastly, we will be sending out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for building repurpose proposals on December 5, 2022. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2023. More information about the RFP process will be provided during the information sessions and will also be made available on the Blueprint APS website.

Please be assured that we will continue to provide updates and information throughout the repurposing process. We thank you for your continued partnership and support.

- Aurora Public Schools

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