North Routt Community Charter School taking shape |

North Routt Community Charter School taking shape

Construction remains on schedule

Chris Fuchs cuts backing material Wednesday for the new North Routt Community Charter School facility in Clark. Construction on the 12,600-square-foot building is on schedule, and the school should open the first week of January.
Scott Franz

— As he played a game of touch football Wednesday at the North Routt Community Charter School, fifth-grader Macray Dillingham had a good view of the new building he and his classmates will inhabit early next year.

“It’s going up so quick, and I cannot wait to get in it,” Macray said about the new 12,600-square-foot building being constructed a couple hundred yards from the current school facility in Clark.

School administrators said Wednesday that the building is on schedule to be completed by Jan. 6, and they touted the new technology, space and amenities it will bring to the students in a few months. And Macray, who has attended the charter school since kindergarten, already knows what aspect of the building he’s most looking forward to.

“I like that there will be separate bathrooms for girls and boys,” he said. “It will also be a lot bigger.”

The new building is more than triple the size of the charter school’s current campus, which consists of a few older buildings that now have been sold. The new facility also will allow the school to serve 100 students, 30 more than the 70 that inhabited the school Wednesday.

Construction on the new building began in May after the school received a $3.2 million Building Excellent Schools Today grant from Colorado’s Capital Construction Assistance Program. The school then invested $800,000 in the project.

School Director Colleen Poole said the students and staff are starting to get excited about the move as the building takes shape right in their backyard.

“I think we’re all anticipating the move with a great deal of excitement because it’s going to increase our space for the kids,” she said. “We’ll have upgraded technology like SMART Boards and a mobile computer lab, and more space for lunch in an actual lunchroom.”

The new building will have six classrooms, offices and a large community gathering space that Poole said will be used for school assemblies and also for adult education classes, yoga classes and other community activities when school is not in session.

That community area and the 840-square-foot classrooms were being wired Wednesday afternoon as construction crews outside the building began attaching water pipes to the facility.

Calcon Constructors Superintendent Jim Storey said the building was coming together nicely.

“I expect that in a week we’ll be working on insulation and the drywall,” he said. “It’s really been a nice project so far.”

The roofing and several windows already are installed, and once the building is completed, it’s expected to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification.

Back at the charter school’s current playground, sixth-grader Hannah Rosencutter said she’s been waiting for the project to come to fruition since she was in third grade.

“It’s so cool,” she said. “My heart is pounding, I’m so excited.”

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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