The Denver Post

Grant could help replace school

- By Yesenia Robles

Facing serious hazards including sewer backups, vehicle crashes and security concerns, Alsup Elementary is among a select group of schools to win a state grant for school buildings.

The state Board of Education this week approved a $19.6 million lease/purchase grant for the school’s replacemen­t.

Now the district, Adams 14, will have to provide $14.2 million — likely from a combinatio­n of savings and new debt — to cover the rest of the reconstruc­tion cost.

“We’re really excited about getting a new school,” said Melinda Rios, a parent of two students, including one who will be a fifth-grader at Alsup this fall and a middle-schooler. Her children will not get to enjoy the new school, but her niece will.

“The principal had done a good job from the beginning of asking the parents what we felt we could change and what we wanted. We were kind of on the same page.”

Constructi­on of the new building is expected to start this year for a possible opening in 2020.

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