Steamboat Springs Dan Juba said Monday that after the Yampa Valley High School undergoes an $88,000 renovation project this summer, the campus will feel more like a high school.
“Right now, you walk into the school and it’s hard for people to figure out where they are,” Juba, the school’s lead teacher, said after he demonstrated how the campus’ classrooms are spread out in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center. “With these changes, we’re trying to develop more high school identity and atmosphere by grouping our classrooms together.”
The alternative high school serves 28 at-risk students and its students currently share hallways with the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night approved the project that will add a science lab, front reception desk, lockers and private offices to the high school for the first time.
After the existing rooms are remodeled, the Boys & Girls Club and the high school will swap some of their spaces to make both entities more centralized in their respective parts of the building.
“I’ve seen a progression, and I’m happy about where this school is going,” Juba said. “The district is investing a lot of money in this school and these students, and I’m pleased to see that not only in this renovation, but they also provide a lot of great support with things like technology.”
The Yampa Valley High School was formed six years ago to serve students who were in danger of failing or dropping out of high school. Before the 2010-11 school year, it was operated by the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services. It now is funded and managed by the Steamboat Springs School District. While most of its students live in Steamboat, students from Hayden and South Routt also can apply to attend, and Steamboat receives those students’ per-pupil funding from the state.
“We’re looking forward to this project,” Steamboat Superintendent Brad Meeks said at Monday’s School Board meeting. “It’s a long-term investment. We’re going to have this program for a while, so we want to make sure the teachers and students have an efficient space.”
In other action Monday, the School Board voted unanimously to approve a $97,000 contract with the South Routt School District to manage the smaller district’s technology needs. The contract will allow Steamboat to hire an additional technology staff member who will float between the campuses in both districts and tackle long-term projects. Steamboat will hire an additional employee to work full-time in South Routt. The districts also are planning to connect their computer networks via radio signals between Yampa, Oak Creek and Emerald Mountain.
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