Plans for New Alt. Ed. School & Innovation Center

DCSD's Plans for New Alternative Education School and Innovation Center
Posted on 11/19/2021
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November 19, 2021

Dear DCSD Families and Staff,

DCSD is considering the purchase and tenant finish of two facilities to serve as a new Alternative Education School in Parker, and an Innovation Center (Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment programming) in Lone Tree. Please complete this form below to submit your question(s) to DCSD Staff and Board Directors about this potential purchase. Questions will be discussed and answered as we work with our incoming Board of Education directors in upcoming meetings. Click here to learn more and submit questions by Monday, November 29 at noon.

Thank you in advance!

Corey Wise
Superintendent
Douglas County School District



BACKGROUND

DCSD is considering the purchase and tenant finish of two facilities to serve as a new Alternative Education School in Parker, and an Innovation Center (Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment programming) in Lone Tree. Funding for the new Alternative Education School and Innovation Center comes from 2018 bond, bond premium and interest, as well as cash-in-lieu funding.

DCSD previously planned to create the Alternative Education School and Innovation Center as new construction on Pine Drive in Parker. On October 26, the Board of Education approved placing the project on Pine Drive on hold due to budget overruns. Staff committed to providing other facility/location alternatives to present to the Board by the end of the calendar year.

On November 17, DCSD staff requested Board approval to potentially acquire the University of Colorado (CU) South facility in Lone Tree. The CU South building offers considerable financial savings with opportunities for lease and rental revenue, is in a more desirable location, has more square footage, and offers more opportunities for student programming and community partnerships.

Housing the Innovation Center at the CU South building would not compromise or change DCSD’s plans to open a new Alternative Education School in Parker as outlined in the 2018 bond. DCSD staff is exploring other facility options for this school. The Alternative Education School remains scheduled to open in 2023.

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