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August 21, 2003

Aurora Public Schools Completes First Bond Projects

APS students returning to classes this week may find something new at their school. From roof replacement to additional classrooms, nearly 20 schools in the district received bond-funded improvements during the summer.

As a result of one bond project, the District will kick off its first football game of the season August 29* on a new artificial turf field at the APS Stadium. In direct response to Colorado's drought conditions, replacement of the natural grass turf will conserve water and save long-term maintenance costs.
"The drought situation has made it more difficult for our students to find places to play," said District Athletic Director Jack Lynch. "The new field provides a place that can be used all the time and serve many different purposes."

At Rangeview High School, bond funds paid for a state-of-the-art media center and eight new classrooms. The expanded media center includes a new Dell computer lab that provides students with newer technologies and improved access to on-line resources. The classroom remodel provides space for science labs, language classes and a counseling center.

Bond improvements at Aurora Central High School include new pool lockers and aluminum bleachers that eliminate the annual painting and repair the old wood structure required.

The district's elementary and middle schools also benefited from summer bond projects. Building renewal improvements were completed at Aurora Hills Middle School as well as Clyde Miller, Crawford and Sable elementary schools. Additional projects included roof replacements at Arkansas, Dalton, Iowa, Tollgate and Vassar elementary schools and concrete pavement repairs at several schools.

Over the next five years every school in the District will receive improvements. All of this construction is possible due to the $225 million bond that was approved by Aurora voters in November 2002.

The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee monitors Aurora Public Schools bond projects. Superintendent Robert D. Adams and the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education established this committee to provide an independent review of the major bond projects and to provide District accountability to Aurora citizens.

For additional information, please contact Director of Communication Services Georgia Durán at 303.344.8060 x 28015.
* Rangeview High School will play Horizon High School at 6 p.m. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held prior to the game at 5:30 p.m.

Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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