High School Diplomas Come Just in Time for Christmas
By Dawn Skala, DOOR Teacher
The Lake County DOOR Program held its winter commencement at 10 a.m. on December 20, in the Lake County High School (LCHS) auditorium. The graduating students were Julio Aguilera, Sandra Rea, Norris Medina III, Ruby Luna and Aaron Stapleton. All of these students earned a Lake County High School diploma.
Members of the board, Deb McCall, Katie Baldassar and Allen Burch were on hand to congratulate the graduates as well as Lake County School Superintendent Dr. Wendy Wyman and LCHS Principal Jamie Jeffery. Jeffery gave the commencement speech which focused on the struggles and challenges faced by these students and the role that alternative education has played in these students obtaining their diploma. Student Ruby Luna also presented a heartfelt student speech. Karla Nava translated the program into Spanish for all.
So what does the future hold for these DOOR graduates? Two of the graduates, Ruby Luna and Julio Aguilera, are already employed in Vail and Frisco, respectively. Aaron Stapleton is enrolled in the Lincoln School of Technology, majoring in welding and already living in Denver and therefore was not able to attend the graduation ceremony. Sandra Rea will be attending Colorado Mountain College and looking forward to enrolling in cosmetology and business programs in the future. Norris Medina has expressed an interest in investing in some business ventures and will be definitely spending much of his time in his beloved mountains!
Contractors Tour H.S., Prepare Bids on $26m Project
When it came time for the general contractors to gather in the cafeteria to tour the $26 million renovation project for Lake County High School (LCHS), a few already knew their way around the hallways. They were LCHS graduates.
Some familiar faces were among the 20+ contractors gathered as Chris Guarino and Colleen Kaneda with Consilium Partners, LLC, the school district’s Owner Representatives, conducted the mandatory site walk on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Also in attendance were school Superintendent Dr. Wendy Wyman, LCHS Principal Jamie Jeffery and members from the district’s maintenance staff.
In light of recent events, school security was top on most people’s minds and conversations as the group toured the high school just before classes were dismissed for the day.
“Think of this project as a three-legged stool,” explained Guarino during the tour. “Security. Safety. Local (inclusion of local material suppliers and labor force).”
Similar to the concerns that came up during the site walk for the design teams the week before, Kaneda addressed project specifics. “This will be an occupied building,” she explained, “so the linguistics can be pretty complex.” However the importance of contractors and their subs not having any interface with students during the project is a recurring requirement.
Scheduling and timeline benchmarks were re-emphasized as the tour moved into the gym where Guarino explained how the high school is used for many community events. Ultimately between classes, extracurricular activities & sports and community events, contractors can expect to work around students, staff, coaches and community members almost daily from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. during the school year.
But it was clear that this group of contractors understood these sensitivities. There were representatives from the builders of the new Salida High School as well as contractors that were wrapping up the new South Park High School project in Fairplay, Colo.
“This project should be focused on the community as much as possible,” emphasized Guarino, “utilizing local subs and material suppliers.” A sub-contractor and supplier fair is scheduled to take place sometime in the early spring .
As an overview, the Architect/Engineer firms had until last Friday, Dec. 21 to submit proposals. Next, is the deadline for delivery of proposals from general contractors on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. After the general contractor is selected, the search will be on for local sub-contractors, material suppliers and labor force.
The last day of school is May 31. On June 1, the contractor will take over the building until school begins again, sometime in late August. Once school is back in session, the linguistics involved with working around classes will be crucial. The project is slated to be finished August 2014.