Support overwhelms district
Hayden raises more than $370,000 for vocational building
Hayden School Board meeting
6 p.m. today, administrative offices at 495 W. Jefferson Ave.
- Roll Call
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of Minutes
- Approval of Bills
- Requests to Address Board
- Student Council
- Teacher Input
- Public Input
- Board requested reports
- Vocational building
- District Accountability Report to the public
- School calendar
- Principals' reports
- Superintendent's report
- Executive Session
- Hire certified staff
- Hire classified staff
- Hire volunteer coach
- Approve updated substitute list
- Approve administrative structure for 07-08
- Board debriefing
Hayden — The Hayden School District has raised more than $370,000 from area businesses, organizations or foundations to help pay for the expansion of the district’s vocational building.
A formal announcement is expected to be made today at the Hayden School Board meeting.
The project, originally estimated to cost approximately $750,000, likely will cost more than $1 million after the building is finished and fully equipped, said Kevin Kleckler, the district’s career and technical education director.
The change in costs has district officials struggling to express their gratitude to all those who have contributed in Routt and Moffat counties.
“We are just pleased beyond imagination,” Superintendent Mike Luppes said. “As a school district, we are overwhelmed.”
The School Board asked to hear an update on fundraising efforts and project progress at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. today at the administrative offices at 495 W. Jefferson Ave.
Today’s meeting is important because it will be the final School Board meeting before district officials go before Routt County commissioners to seek support for an Energy and Mineral Impact Grant from the state.
The district’s deadline to give a presentation to the commissioners is Friday, and Kleckler and Luppes are excited to present updated fundraising numbers to the commissioners.
A key component in receiving the state grant money is showing local commissioners the vocational project is well supported by community members and area businesses.
The district’s success in securing Energy Impact Grant money is critical to the vocational building expansion.
One important aspect of that is being realized with the private donations in Northwest Colorado. Many automotive dealers, banks and businesses involved in the trades and vocational business have contributed to the project.
“Man, our fundraising efforts have been phenomenal,” Kleckler said. “We have had an outpouring of support.”
Mountain Valley Bank and the Hayden Economic Development Committee are helping with the fundraising effort, which the district plans on continuing until the presentation deadline Friday.
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