Eagle County School District’s – Extra Capacity

by Mythbusters

Like many folks today, the ECT is wondering if our Eagle County Public School District is running as efficiently as is reasonably possible.

So the ECT folks took a look at the District’s own numbers found in the public record Agenda for the Boards meeting last Wednesday, March 14th 2012 (Click Here)

By the ECT’s count – the District operates about 16 school buildings (Elementary, Middle and High Schools).

Here is what the School District’s numbers showed.

None of their existing Public Schools are operating at 100% design capacity.  The highest is Brush Creek Elementary in Eagle, Colorado at 98% and the lowest is the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in Minturn at 33% capacity.  It is still difficult to tell how many “real students” are in the Elementary Schools since (pre-schoolers) are counted too.

For the record the ECT considers a “real student” as 1st grade or later as the State of Colorado mandates Public School funding for students in first grade and on.  ECT still not completely comfortable with a Public School system that (taxpayer funds) pre-school (Kindergarten and younger) as so called “students”.  Didn’t we all use to call this ‘day-care’?

Classroom Size.  The District likes to talk about (classroom size – student/teacher ratio) as a real reason of why we should all agree to a permanent increase in our property taxes.

If the majority of our Public Schools are not running at 100% capacity – doesn’t this imply that student/teacher ratios are reasonably within State recommended levels?  If not, doesn’t this imply the District has hired (too many?) administrators vs. a reasonable number of teachers to maintain recommended student/teacher ratios in our classrooms?

Speaking of Administrators….Two of the Jobs the School District is advertising for (week of March 14th) are for a School Psychologist (Click Here) and a Speech Language Pathologist (Click Here).  After reviewing our District’s Job Description for both – the ECT came to the conclusion that these Administrative positions have more to do with your child’s “mental well-being” than necessarily your child’s “education”.

Like many folks the ECT would prefer to see more Public School teachers being hired than Administrators.  Per the School Districts entire 2011 Payroll the ECT published last October – it’s very clear Administrators are far more expensive than Teachers (Click Here)

Eagle Valley Elementary – Eagle, Colorado

Age: Eagle Valley Elementary was built in 1973. It is now 38 years old and about ¾

through its expected life cycle. It was designed and built prior to federally mandated

ADA guidelines.

Capacity: The capacity of EVES is 550 students. The 2011 enrollment is 270 students.

ECT Notes:  Eagle Valley Elementary running at 49% capacity

Red Sandstone Elementary – Vail, Colorado

Age: Red Sandstone Elementary was built in 1977. It is now 34 years old and about ¾

through its expected life cycle. It was designed and built prior to federally mandated

ADA guidelines.

Capacity: The capacity of RSES is 365 students. The 2011 enrollment is 273 students

(Including preschool).

ECT Notes:  Red Sandstone running at 75% capacity

Brush Creek Elementary – Eagle, Colorado

Age: Brush Creek Elementary was built in 2001. It is now 10 years old and is nearly ¼

through its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of BCES is 500 students. The 2011 enrollment is 491 students

(including Preschool).

ECT Notes:  Brush Creek running at 98% capacity

Edwards Elementary – Edwards, Colorado

Age: Edwards Elementary was built in 1991. It is now 20 years old and is nearly halfway

through its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of EES is 430 students. The 2011 enrollment is 322.

ECT Notes:  Edwards Elementary at 75% capacity

Gypsum Elementary – Gypsum, Colorado

Age: Gypsum Elementary was built in 1991. It is now 20 years old and is nearly halfway

through its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of GES is 550 students. The 2011 enrollment is 409 students

(including Preschool).

ECT Notes:  Gypsum Elementary running at 74% capacity

Avon, Elementary – Avon, Colorado

Age: Avon Elementary was built in 1996. It is now 15 years old and about one third

through its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of AES is 410 students. The 2011 enrollment is 269 students

(including Preschool).

ECT Notes:  Avon Elementary running at 66% of capacity

Red Hill Elementary – Gypsum, Colorado

Age: Red Hill Elementary was built in 2001. It is now 10 years old and is nearly 1/4

through its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of RHES is 450 students. The 2011 enrollment is 372 students.

ECT Notes:  Red Hill Elementary running at 83% capacity

June Creek Elementary – Edwards, Colorado

Age: June Creek Elementary was built in 2008. It is now 3 years old and in the beginning

of its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of JCES is 500 students. The 2011 enrollment is 326 students

(including preschool).

ECT Notes:  June Creek running at 65% capacity

Middle Schools

Homestake Peak – Elementary/Middle –   Eagle-Vail, Colorado

Age: Homestake Peak was originally built in 1975, an addition built in 1991 and was

extensively renovated in 2011. It is now 36 years old.

Capacity: The capacity of HPS is 637 students. The 2011 enrollment is 493 students

(including preschool).

ECT Notes:  Homestake Peak running at 77% capacity

Eagle Valley Middle School – Eagle, Colorado

Age: Eagle Valley Middle was built in 1973. It is now 38 years old and is now a entering

the last 3rd of its expected life cycle. A small, cosmetic renovation was completed in

2011 which includes carpet and paint in the corridors and remodel of the administrative

office

Capacity: The capacity of EVMS is 550 students. The 2011 enrollment is 268 students.

ECT note:  EV Middle School running at 49% capacity

Berry Creek Middle School – Edwards, Colorado

Age: Berry Creek Middle was built in 1996. It is now 15 years old and in the beginning of

its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of BCMS is 490 students. The 2011 enrollment is 352 students.

ECT Notes: Berry Creek Middle School running at 72% capacity

Gypsum Creek Middle School – Gypsum, Colorado

Age: Gypsum Creek Middle was built in 2001. It is now 10 years old and ¼ through its

expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of GCMS is 500 students. The 2011 enrollment is 375 students.

ECT Notes:  Gypsum Creek Middle School running at 75% capacity

High Schools –

Eagle Valley High – Gypsum, Colorado

Age: Eagle Valley High was built in 1975, an addition built in 1991 and in 2009 the Admin

Offices and old auxiliary gymnasium were remodeled and 43,000 square feet housing a

new gymnasium, kitchen and cafeteria were added. It is now 36 years old and ¾ through

its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of EVHS is 800 students. The 2011 enrollment is 700 students.

ECT Note:  EV High running at 87% capacity

Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy – Minturn, Colorado

Age: Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (formerly Minturn Middle School) was built in

1978. It is now 33 years old and ¾ through its expected life cycle. It was designed and

built prior to federally mandated ADA guidelines.

Capacity: The capacity of VSSA is 415 students. The 2011 enrollment is 139 students.

ECT Note:  Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy running at 33% capacity

Red Canyon High – Edwards, Colorado

Age: Red Canyon High–East was built in 2008. It is now 3 years old and in the beginning

its expected life cycle.

Age: Red Canyon High–East was built in 2008. It is now 3 years old and in the beginning

its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of RCHS‐East is 70 students. The 2011 enrollment is 69 students

(60% of total RCHS enrollment).

ECT Note:  Huh?  Above taken verbatim from Agenda of School Board.  Can you figure their Math?

Battle Mountain High School – Edwards, Colorado

Age: Battle Mountain High was built in 2009. It is now 2 years old and in the beginning

of its expected life cycle.

Capacity: The capacity of BMHS is 1,000 students. The 2011 enrollment is 744 students.

The circulation of the school allows it to handle 1,200 students if more classrooms were

added in the future.

ECT Note:  The new Battle Mountain High School running at 74% capacity

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2 responses

  1. ECT readers please NOTE: Comment below from an ECT reader from “TheseCondWindFund.Org”

    In regards to your comment on Admin positions with kids
    “Mental well-being.” While I understand looking for cuts in Adminstration, what I know is that since the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, The Second Wind Fund of Eagle River Valley has had 28 referrals of youth at risk for suicide. These have primarily been kids referred by school counselors and Psychologists for thoughts/plans/attempts of suicide or self harm behaviors. The Second Wind Fund of Eagle River Valley provides access to private local therapists for these youth who are uninsured or underinsured.
    The position description(Psychologist) is a Risk Manager of sorts- identifying and assessing these issues. While some might wonder,do we really need someone with these responsibilities in our schools? The answer is yes, especially with fewer teachers and larger classrooms. I personally would prefer the teachers do the teaching and maintain their focus on education. Does this suggest where to make cuts? No but hopefully it indicates the need to have professionals trained to assess and intervene when these issues are present. Budget cuts? Necessary. Preventing a youth from committing suicide? Priceless

    • Thank you reader from TheseCondWindFund.Org
      ECT (and our readers) have a (better picture?) of what these folks do, thanks to your description.

      Question: What the HECK is going on in Eagle County – that is driving (so many?) kids to consider taking a life!

      Your comments are very scary. Where are these kids PARENTS?

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