First building rises at new school site

DEL NORTE— Over the last few weeks, many members of the public have been able to see some major changes happening at the site of the new school in Del Norte. Now when driving past the location, a structure that will become the auditorium and part of the gym standing at the center of the new school can be seen.
As explained in previous conversations with the school board and owner’s representative Todd McCowin, the auditorium and gym will be the center of the school and will help hold the rest of the buildings’ structures. The walls for the building were put up in about a week and the flooring will be installed in the next few days.
Now that the building is in place, crews can bring in large cement slabs that will be the base of the flooring for the auditorium. Once that is in place, crews will move on to building the structures for the other buildings that will branch away from the auditorium and begin masonry work, laying brick and continuing with electrical and plumbing.
Water for the new school is still in the works, as crews decided to wait until spring to do the water line extension and are continuing to work with the town in writing a Department of Local Affairs grant that would fund the entire project. The extension will be a huge benefit for the community and increase water flow to houses on the south side of town.
During the Board of Education meeting held on Oct. 24, board members also officially signed over the title to the Mesa building to Del Norte Head Start which was the first of many that will come in the near future. The Mesa building will be the new home for the head start students, once the building is refurbished.
The school is still waiting on land survey results before moving forward with the other organizations that have been chosen to repurpose the other buildings that will be vacated once the new school is open and running.
McCowin has also stated in the past that NV5 and construction crews at the new school are happy to schedule times for future site visits for those who wish to see the work as it is being completed.
For the rest of the general public, the Del Norte School Technology Department set up a live feed camera that can be accessed on their website at The camera has a perfect view of the construction site facing east and is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
According to a comment made by Superintendent Chris Burr, the school is on schedule and remains under budget at this time.
The school board continues to meet every fourth Thursday of the month, unless otherwise posted on the website and is located in the mini gym located next to the Mesa Building at 5:30 p.m. Board members encourage and invite the public to come and share concerns or ask questions at any time.

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