The ribbon on the new James Madison STEAM Academy was officially cut Thursday evening, marking the opening of the new school that will replace the former Madison Elementary School.
“This would not be possible without the support of voters in Greeley and Evans,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “Because of the passage of our bond issue in 2019, the staff, families and students in this neighborhood will have a state-of-the-art education facility that will serve students for decades to come.”
The former Madison Elementary School was torn down this summer, and the area it occupied is currently being graded and landscaped. The new school will serve students preschool through eighth grade, and will have a science, technology, engineering, arts and math focus. The new building features a SmartLab, maker spaces, science labs and the latest technology. The school also features a community health clinic, which will operate in partnership with Sunrise Community Health.
The 113,500 square-foot school, which cost nearly $50 million to construct, was designed by Hord, Coplan and Macht, and constructed by Adolfson and Peterson, the same team that designed and built Greeley West High School, which is also a replacement school.
James Madison is the third new school opened in District 6 and funded through the 2019 Bond Issue. Next week, the ribbon will be cut on the fourth new school: the new Jefferson High School and Career and Technical Education Center, located at the corner of 14th Avenue and 2nd Street.