Work is currently being planned for a variety of facility upgrades to more than a dozen schools in Loveland, Colorado.
The projects for the Thompson School District include entrance security improvements at four middle schools; along with a series of HVAC upgrades at four middle schools and three high schools.
Funding for the work is coming from two sources: $12.2 million from a bond approved by district voters in 2018, and a just-announced $5.7 million grant from Colorado’s unique Building Excellent Schools Today program.
The BEST program is partially funded through revenues from a state-wide marijuana sales tax, as well as proceeds for the Colorado Lottery.
This year BEST grants have been awarded to 36 facility projects across Colorado with a total construction cost of nearly $235 million.
With an enrollment of around 16,000 students, the Thompson School District has 5 high schools, 6 middle schools, and just under 20 elementary schools.
Looking at facility work three years out, the school district is planning for upgrade work at another 17 schools between 2021 and 2023.
By Garry Boulard
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