Best Grant Secured!

Best Grant Secured!
Posted on 05/26/2017
Dr. Wilson

BEST Grant Secured!

 

On May 18th, a team representing our school district traveled to Golden, CO to complete the presentation portion of Brush's application for a BEST Grant for the purpose of building a 6-12 campus on the site of the current high school.  The two-day meeting was held at the Jefferson County School District offices and provided nearly fifty school districts one final opportunity to share rationale for the projects placed before the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Board.  The 9-member team consisted of Dr. Wilson, Board of Education members Mike Dixon, and Dianne Cox, Keep the Beet Alive and District Accountability and Advisory Committee members Lacy Garrett and Kayla Catstrup, Owner's Representatives Scott Newell and Kevin Huber (Cooperative Strategies), Stewart Nelson (GMCN Architects) and Anthony Durst (Adolfson & Peterson Construction).  The committee, under the leadership of Wilson, Garrett and Newell provided the BEST Board with the 2-minute summative verbal presentation (as per BEST guidelines) and then answered any final questions from members of the Board.  Each of the projects were scored and subsequently ranked to determine which of the $320 million in requests would be funded.  The Brush request received the sixth highest ranking of all  applications and the district has been awarded $27,637,690.04.  The district will provide up to $38.5 million to the project as approved by voters in last November's election. The measure, according to ballot language is to:

 

"...finance a portion of the costs of one or more of the following purposes:

 

- addressing health, safety, security, and educational deficiencies in the current Middle School and High School by constructing  a new middle school and high school complex on the site of the old high school, and repurposing and renovating portions of the old high school building;

-Modernizing, updating, renovating, and equipping classrooms to promote the teaching of skills necessary to prepare students to compete in the workforce; and

- Razing the outdated portion of the high school building and the existing Middle School;..."

 

Immediate next steps will include gathering of input from staff, preparation for bond sales, and selection of additional team members for the project, namely a General Contractor.  Superintendent Wilson indicated that he is already meeting with the district's Owner's Representative and architect firm (selected earlier contingent upon being awarded a BEST grant) to establish timelines for all components of the project, beginning with a competitive selection of a contractor.  "We are excited to be awarded the grant!  Yesterday's announcement was a culmination of several months of diligent work on behalf of many of our team member's, and allows us to move forward with the goal and vision of providing the type of educational opportunities our students deserve!"

 

An official timeline has yet to be established but Wilson did allude to a likely completion date for the project some time in 2020. A clearly exultant and relieved Wilson summarized,   "There are multiple variables in this equation and many of them are outside of our control.  Obviously, the shorter the timeline the more likely we will receive cost benefits from those efficiencies.  We will push to be completed as soon as possible but will not compromise on quality, safety, or prudence.  We are committed to ensuring that this campus effectively serves our students and community for at least the next 50 years".

Dr. Wilson Superintendent of Schools