Soroco creates maintenance job

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In April, Soroco Secondary Principal James Chamberlin informed the South Routt School Board of a surprising statistic.

"Thirty percent of my time this year has been spent dealing with maintenance issues," said Chamberlin, who oversees Soroco Middle School and Soroco High School.

Well-aware of the facility problems, such as broken furnaces, that led to Chamberlin's comment, Superintendent Kelly Reed began advertising for a director of maintenance last month. The director will fill a new position for the school district and will oversee three maintenance workers, who will rotate among the three district schools.

The director will be responsible for upkeep, repairs and maintenance at the two secondary schools and South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

At tonight's School Board meeting in Oak Creek, Reed will inform the board of six finalists for the position.

"Most of them are local," said Reed, who declined to reveal the finalists' names before tonight's meeting. "They will be interviewed May 31."

The director's salary was advertised at $45,000 plus benefits, Reed said.

Tonight's agenda also includes an update on a school yet to open its doors -- the South Routt Early Learning Center.

In April, the School Board voted 5-1 to approve construction of an early learning center on a Yampa site adjacent to the elementary school. The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, manages the current South Routt Early Learning Center in Oak Creek and will manage the new facility in Yampa.

Reed said he met Monday with BOCES Executive Director Jane Toothaker, architect Jan Kaminski and members of the Early Learning Center Board to plan for an August grant application from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. The grant would provide funding for the preschool's construction, which could begin in spring 2007.

Reed said he will show the School Board a potential design of the early learning center at tonight's meeting.

"I would say 90 percent of the meeting is informational," Reed said.

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