• February Update

    Posted by THERESA MYERS on 2/13/2015

    Greeley-Evans School District 6 is hosting a public tour of Prairie Heights Middle School, which is under construction at the intersection of 65th Avenue and 37th Street in Evans.

    The tour of the school will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 22. The parking lot for Prairie Heights is located on the south side of the school, and can be accessed from 65th Avenue about 200 yards south of the 37th Street intersection. Residents are urged to stop by anytime during the tour window and see their tax dollars at work

    Prairie Heights is an active construction site, so those on the tour are urged to wear sturdy shoes with rubber soles. The school is about 70 percent complete.

    District 6 staff will be available along the tour route to explain the layout of the building. The tour will take about 20-30 minutes.

    Prairie Heights Middle School will open in August this year. It is being constructed to replace John Evans Middle School, and is funded by both a Building Excellent Schools Today grant and a bond issue that was approved by District 6 voters in 2012.

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  • December update

    Posted by THERESA MYERS on 12/5/2014
    Construction is about 60 percent complete at the new Prairie Heights Middle School. Exterior walls are now insulated and brick work is being completed. Framing is up for the classrooms, plumbing is in place and interior brick work is being completed. Crews are in the process of paving the entrance. We are hoping to have public tours of the site after the first of the year. It's exciting to see the progress. Thanks again to District 6 voters for helping make this project a reality! 
     

     
     
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  • June Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 6/18/2014
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  • April Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 4/28/2014
    Things are moving along at the site of the Prairie Heights Middle School. Those passing by may have noticed trucks moving dirt and construction trailers being placed in the site. The City of Evans is about to issue the final development plan on the site. Chief Operations Officer Wayne Eads will be making a presentation to the Evans City Council on May 20. The state-issued building permit is also ready to be picked up in Denver and the site and building plan has received comments from the Weld County Department of Public Health. So all the plans are starting to fall in place to build a state-of-the-art school for hundreds of middle school students.
     
    Another exciting development: There is a place on the exterior of the school to etch quotes that represent the school. John Evans Middle School Principal Dawn Hillman asked her students to submit quote, and they came up with some winners. The proposed quotes include: "Winners never quit and quitters never win" by Vince Lombardi and "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," by Nelson Mandela. Pretty powerful quotes for middle school students!
     
     
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  • March Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 3/27/2014

    Ground broken on Prairie Heights Middle School

    Under the brightly shining sun, ground was broken on the new Prairie Heights Middle School Thursday morning.

    The school will be located southwest of the intersection of 37th Street and 65th Avenue in Evans. Construction will begin immediately on the 130,000 square foot building.

    More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony. Board of Education President Roger Dewitt presented a lively opening and welcome. Mayor of Evans Lyle Achziger talked about how important the new school will be to students and the community. Superintendent Dr. Ranelle Lang gave a brief historical account of the project, thanked voters for approving a bond issue that is helping fund the construction and talked about the approximately 40 students from John Evans Middle School who attended the event.

    The students were chosen based on the quality of persuasive letters they wrote stating why they should be at the ground breaking. Each student was given the opportunity to don a hardhat, grab a golden shovel and turn dirt on the site of their new school. They were excited to look at the plans for the new schools, and many took photos to mark the day.

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  • January Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 1/15/2014

    District 6 will hire a general contractor in February to construct the new Prairie Heights  Middle School at the intersection of 65th Avenue and 37th Street in Evans. The school is slated to open in August of 2015.

    Five general contractors have been prequalified for the project. The district hopes to break ground on the new middle school this spring. They are: FCI Consructors, Inc.; Adolpfson & Peterson Construction; Golden Triangle Construction, Inc.; JHL Constructors, Inc.; and Roche Constructors, Inc.

    In addition, the district has begun looking at plans for asbestos abatement and demolition at the current John Evans Middle School, which is also being funded through the BEST grant and bond money. This phase of the project will be completed once the new school is open.

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  • October Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 11/1/2013

    The Board of Education unanimously approved the name of “Prairie Heights Middle School” for the new middle school, to be constructed at the intersection of 65th Avenue and 37th Street next year. The school was funded through a BEST Grant and bond issue, and will replace John Evans Middle School.

     

    At its meeting Monday, Oct. 28, the board also selected “Hawks” as the school’s new mascot and “hunter green and silver” as the school’s new colors.

     

    The board selected from three finalist names that were narrowed down from community and student input. A screening committee, composed of students, John Evans Middle School staff, parents and community members selected the three finalist names that were submitted to the Board of Education. The other names considered were Ashton Creek Middle School and Evans Middle School.

     

    Construction bids for the new school will be collected before the end of the year. Groundbreaking is slated to be held in the spring,with the new school opening in the summer of 2015-16.

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  • August Update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 8/19/2013
    The design development phase of the new middle school is nearly complete. All the mechanical systems have been selected, program space has been allocated, the kitchen design has been reviewed and technology needs have been reviewed. The architectural finishes have been selected, including color scheme, floor finishes and other cosmetic items.

    We are now ready to enter the construction development phase, including the finalization of construction drawings. Once these are complete, sometime in December, construction bids will be solicited.

    District 6 officials are also getting closer to defining the scope of offsite improvements, including the intersection of 65th Avenue and 37th Street. The extension of a potable water line and sewer line to the school site is being coordinated, as well as the extension of utilities, such as power, natural gas and communications.

    We are also accepting suggestions through August 30 for the name, mascot and colors for the new school. We have already gotten many great suggestions. Enter yours at www.greeleyschools.org/namenewschool.
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  • June 10 update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 6/12/2013
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  • April 10 update

    Posted by D6 Communications Office on 4/10/2013

    Members of the Design Advisory Group joined District 6 staff and members of the Board of Education touring four recently-constructed middle schools in the region on Friday, March 29. The group traveled by school bus to view schools in Aurora, Longmont, Fort Collins and Severance to get ideas about what designs might be appropriate for the new middle school in District 6. The group was able to view many innovative designs that utilize new technologies and allow for the efficient use of resources. It was an informative trip.

    District 6 has sent out a request for bid for a geotechnical engineering firm to help with site development for the new middle school. The district will also soon be posting for a traffic engineer to complete a traffic study near the site.

    District 6 was also accepted into the Xcel Energy Design Assistance program, which will help look at the most efficient ways to bring energy to the new school. The district will even look into the possibility of using geothermal energy at thesite.

    The Design Advisory Group and District 6 staff continue to look at different designs, classroom needs and use of space in the new school. The DAG will meet again the evening of April 15.

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