At Kendrick Lakes Elementary school in Lakewood, parents will rave about the school’s community. Last fall, the school was bestowed with the National Blue Ribbon award by the U.S. Department of …
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At Kendrick Lakes Elementary school in Lakewood, parents will rave about the school’s community. Last fall, the school was bestowed with the National Blue Ribbon award by the U.S. Department of Education, an award that recognizes schools for academic excellence, or for making improvements in closing the achievement gaps for student subgroups.
Around the same time the school celebrated its new award, it received other good news from Jeffco voters. The $567 million bond for Jeffco Public Schools passed — and with the new bond comes a new building for Kendrick Lakes Elementary.
The design process for the new $23 million school building is underway. While the planning continues, construction is expected to start this December with a move-in date sometime in December of 2020. The school building will be built east of the current Kendrick Lakes Elementary. The district is planning to tear down the existing building.
“We’re designing it for teachers and staff who will be using it in 25, or 40 years. I think that’s where this is heading,” said Bruce Larson, the principal for Larson Incitti Architects, the architect company in charge of the new school building.
The new building will include an interactive learning courtyard, two pre-K classrooms, three classrooms each for first through fifth graders, a new playground and more. School officials are particularly excited about having windows in each classroom as the current school building has none.
“Right now, I don’t know if we’re equipped for the modern technology. We don’t even have enough outlets, there have been some gross leaks and just wear and tear on this building,” said Kendrick Lakes Elementary School Principal Sarah Roberts.
Joe Marshall has a child who is in first grade at the school. He said he has met people who live near Kendrick Lakes Elementary, but opt out of enrollment, because of the school’s current condition. He believes that the new building will enhance each student’s educational experience.
“Before we came here, we researched, and we met some parents on the playground, and they just raved about Kendrick Lakes’ community. (The building) is what it is, but the Kendrick Lake’s community is something they talked about a lot,” said Marshall. “(The new school) is going to be a magnet.”
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