JCSD1 Board Approves Moving Ahead With New School

Artists' drawing of Cloud Peak Elementary School
Artists' drawing of Cloud Peak Elementary School

At their meeting Monday night, the Johnson County School Board voted to allow Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler to pursue funding and approval of the new Cloud Peak Elementary School.

The nearly $12 million project has some amenities the board wanted in the design, such as a larger gymnasium with locker facilities, different flooring in certain areas and improvements in the outside play structure area.

The enhancements were originally estimated to cost about $780,000 which the district would pay for, but after bids were opened recently, the overall project and enhancement costs were higher than anticipated.

After the district saved the state well over a million dollars by choosing an already-existing school design, and the fact that the state is using a different formula in determining the districts' costs for enhancements, the board is upset that the state now wants them to pay nearly $1.4 million for the enhancements.

The question brought by Dr. Kessler to the board is whether they want to fight the ruling and delay the project or move forward with the project while formally advising the School Facilites Commission of their displeasure with the ruling.

Board member Kathy Smith gave her opinion.

The board voted to move ahead with the project and draft a letter to the SFC.

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