In preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, D38 will have modular buildings on site at a number of schools to provide adequate classroom space for students. Overcrowding is a growing issue in the Tri-Lakes region because of a steady stream of new homes being built in the area. Portable buildings will allow schools to accommodate the increased number of students and provide appropriate programming.
D38 began researching which schools needed the extra room following the results of the 2018 November election. The Board of Education approved leasing modular buildings for three schools in the December meeting. The schools include Lewis-Palmer Middle School, Bear Creek Elementary School, Lewis-Palmer Elementary School, and Ray E. Kilmer Elementary School. The modulars will provide four additional classrooms at LPMS and BCES and two additional classrooms at RKES.
While the modular buildings provide extra classrooms, common spaces such as hallways, libraries, cafeterias, and gymnasiums will continue to be crowded, said Board member Chris Taylor in a recent Gazette article. D38 will have swipe cards for each unit for security purposes, with gate access, exterior lighting, cameras, and close access to the school building.
The goal is to assure that students in modulars are not “at a learning disadvantage due to their classroom,” said Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Wangeman to the Gazette.
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