Saguache, Del Norte pass school bonds


Center BOE: Palacios thumps Sanchez

SAGUACHE COUNTY — Mountain Valley Schools’ 3B bond initiative to approve a $3.7 million Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant share passed 345 to 245 in Tuesday’s election and the school will now move forward in selecting the architect for the project.
Del Norte also passed its BEST grant bond Tuesday night with a 130-vote margin — 826 to 696.
Misty Jo Palacios defeated James Sanchez in the Center School board election by 234 to 105 in Saguache County and 23 to 10 in Rio Grande County. Lisa Hammel was elected to the Mountain Valley School Board as a write-in candidate with 105 votes.
Moffat School Board directors elected include Mary Elizabeth Benavidez who received 190 votes and Matthew Crowley with 233 votes. Ginger Stringer was elected as a write-in candidate receiving 188 votes and Jerry Berry won with 16 votes.
The town of Moffat approved its de-Brucing measure, avoiding future TABOR requirements, by a 14 to 7 vote. The Sangre de Cristo School District defeated a measure that would lift term limits on school board members by 29 to 10.

MVS superintendent
on bond win
“I am so proud of our community and its support of Mountain Valley in passing bond issue 3B for a new PreK-12 school in Saguache,” Mountain Valley Schools Superintendent Travis Garoutte said Tuesday night following the conclusion of the vote count. “It is with great excitement that I look forward to the future of Mountain Valley School District and the positive impact this will have on our students, our community, and our future.
“As our journey continues, Mountain Valley is dedicated to working with all stakeholders to design and build a new school that will meet the needs of our students, families, and community. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of children. Thank you for supporting Mountain Valley School District and making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a reality.”   
Last month, Mountain Valley issued a Request for Qualifications for an architectural/engineering team to design its new school. The response was incredible, Garoutte said, with over 50 professionals showing up to visit the school, tour the campus and learn what is important to the community as it moves forward in the design process. Architects interested in submitting a proposal must consider key points that were discussed at length during the tour, primarily how to preserve the three different outside memorials and artwork in the school.
The architect/engineering firm was slated to be selected on Nov. 8, through a competitive proposal, scoring, and interview process. After an architect is selected for the new school project, a Design Advisory Group (DAG) will be formed.
The DAG will consist of 10-15 members, including students, parents, community members, MVS staff and administration. The DAG members will solicit feedback from all stakeholders and help ensure that the new school is designed and built to meet the needs of students, staff, and community. Those interested in the design process and serving on the DAG are asked to contact Garoutte at Mountain Valley School.


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