Continued population and enrollment growth in a northern Colorado school district may prompt the construction of at least two new elementary schools.
Officials with the Weld RE-4 School District, which includes the towns of Windsor and Severance, are contemplating the possibility of putting on this November’s ballot a bond proposal to pay for the new construction.
Those officials would additionally like to see the Severance Middle School, located at 1801 Avery Plaza Street, expanded so that it can house another three hundred students in addition to its current roughly 600-student enrollment.
At the same time, the District is pursuing a $9.5 million grant to renovate the Windsor Middle School, located at 900 Main Street in Windsor.
That grant would come from the Building Excellent Schools Today program, which funds school facility projects out of revenue from Colorado’s state-wide lottery.
The last time the District presented a bond question to voters was three years ago, when a $104 million bond was passed to build a new high school and make upgrades to an existing high school.
Both Windsor, which is the headquarters for the school district, as well as Severance, have witnessed unprecedented population growth, and a concurrent increase in home construction, in the last two decades.
Windsor’s population has bloomed from 9,800 in the year 2000 to around 30,000 today, while the smaller Severance has gone from around 600 residents to just over 5,000 today.
By Garry Boulard
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