Board approves STEM school location

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A location for a new STEM school in Adams County School District 50 was selected after a unanimous vote by school board members.

The decision was made during the Oct. 23 school board meeting to make the former Crown Pointe Academy Charter School, at 72nd Avenue and Irving Street in Westminster, the new location for the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school, set to open in August 2013.

Superintendent Pamela Swanson and other school administrators toured the building the week before the decision was made. During the meeting, Swanson told board members and the public that although the building is in need of some renovation work, the building is in very good condition. Herb Atchison, a member of the district’s facilities committee, agreed with Swanson.

“When looking for a space that is over 20,000 square feet, the committee determined that former Crown Pointe Academy facility is the best selection,” he said. “After board approval we will kick off the design of the building immediately.”

The building is on the west side of Irving Street just north of 72nd Avenue. According the district’s website, the building, which is being called the Irving Street building, originally housed the district’s trade school programs that focused on skills like construction, electronics and automotive repair. The building then housed the Crown Pointe Academy Charter School, and underwent a major renovation that added new classrooms and a first class gymnasium.

“Part of why this location is at the top is because of the larger classrooms, the ability to build labs and have higher ceilings to work with,” said school board member Larry Valente. “It’s also central in the district and does have air conditioning, which makes things a lot nicer. It’s actually in really good shape.”

Anthony Matthews, former principal of Flynn Elementary School, will be the principal for the new STEM school. Steve Saunders, communications director for the district, said Matthews is working full time with district administrators on the development of the STEM school and plans to give the board of education an update in November.

The STEM school was approved by the board last spring. More information and specific details on the STEM school will be discussed by the board and district administrators during a November study session. For more information, visit www.adams50.org.

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