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Frequently Asked Questions

How was the architectural firm selected?
What is the budget for the new campus project?
Will the campus be built in phases? If so, what will open with the first phase?
What is the timeline for the new school campus?
Will the campus include sustainable (green technologies) to reduce energy consumption?
How will the community be notified of engagement events to be able to provide community input? When will those events occur in the timeline?
What will be done to address the safety of children getting to and from the campus (i.e. crossing busy roads like Tower and GVR Blvd.?)
What is the process DPS will go through to select the educational program for the new campus?
Will the program be the same for the ECE through 12th grade or could there be different programming?
When will the principal or principals be selected for the campus?
How will enrollment into the new campus be determined?
Will the high school (grades 9-12) be an open or closed campus for students?
What athletic programs will be present at the new campus? Will there be sports teams sharing with Montbello HS and MLK Jr. Early College at the high school level?
There has been some talk of creating a sports complex for DPS similar to the complex located at South High School. Is the idea of a “DPS North Area Sports Complex” being discussed?
Where can I learn more about the educational partner's that have responded to the DPS-RFP for school programming?
Where can I learn more about the Districtís process of approving new school applications?

Q: How was the architectural firm selected?

A: The DLR Group was selected in late 2005 as part of a the GVR high school design competition in which five architects competed to design the GVR school.

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Q: What is the budget for the new campus project?

A: The DPS Board of Education approved $48.5 million toward the new campus. Actual funds available for design and construction are $47.2 million.

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Q: Will the campus be built in phases? If so, what will open with the first phase?

A: Given the large scope of the project and its related cost, the campus will be completed in phases. Phase I will include building (3) classroom buildings, a Student Union with all shared public spaces, a 9-lane track, synthetic turf competition field and a multi-purpose field for physical education.

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Q: What is the timeline for the new school campus?

A: Once the final go-ahead is given by DPS, the intent is to try and begin construction late spring, early summer. Anticipated opening of the campus is August 2010.

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Q: Will the campus include sustainable (green technologies) to reduce energy consumption?

A: Yes. HC Development, the turnkey developer of the campus, hosted a 2-day eco-charrette that included the Governor’s Energy Office, the US Green Building Council, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and representatives from Denver Public Schools developed a list of sustainable strategies for the campus. Details of the sustainable program will be refined as part of the design process.

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Q: How will the community be notified of engagement events to be able to provide community input? When will those events occur in the timeline?

A: There will be a variety of communication tools employed to notify GVR residents about project special events (i.e. ground breaking) and other community informational meetings throughout the construction process that lead up to the campus opening. At present, the following communication tools are planned:

Website: special website content has been developed, for residents to track the project from beginning to end, special events and activities and informational meetings. The site will include design and construction updates, an events calendar, the Campus Corner and Frequently Asked Questions.

Campus Corner: this new section on the “buildinggreatcommunities” site will engage GVR students to serve as project reporters and photo journalists to cover the development of the project.

GVR Voice: the quarterly publication will include more in-depth stories about the project and the people helping make it a reality.

DPS Website: the project team will work closely with DPS to post important project updates and community events on the district’s site.

Principals Leadership Council: the project team will provide frequent updates to the 18 Far Northeast Principals who meet monthly during the school year. The team will work with the PLC to develop a variety of informational tools that can be distributed through each school.

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Q: What will be done to address the safety of children getting to and from the campus (i.e. crossing busy roads like Tower and GVR Blvd.?)

A: Key project stakeholders will work with the City and County of Denver (public works, police department, mayor’s office, etc. to develop a plan to safety get students to the school.

Q: What is the process DPS will go through to select the educational program for the new campus?

A: In late January and early February three community meetings were held in GVR and Montbello to solicit input from residents about the future school. These community events build on a large base of community outreach work already completed dating back to 2005 as part of the high school design competition process. In late February, DPS issued a Request for Proposal seeking proposals from interested educational providers for the entire district. Proposals are due in mid April and decisions about the type of program(s) to be offered are expected in June from the Board of Education.

One of the specific interests listed within the RFP was a desire by the district for high performance 6-12 models that will help DPS increase graduation rates and send more students on to some level of post-secondary training.

Between April – June additional community meetings will be held to help inform residents about the options submitted for consideration by the district.

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Q: Will the program be the same for the ECE through 12th grade or could there be different programming?

A: Not known at this time. This will be decided as part of the educational program selection process (see previous question). Residents who attended the community meetings voiced a clear interest in seeing an aligned educational program or program offerings (i.e. learning a foreign language across all grades).

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Q: When will the principal or principals be selected for the campus?

A: A principal or principals (should more than one educational program be identified for the campus) will be identified later this year as part of the selection of the campuses educational program offerings.

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Q: How will enrollment into the new campus be determined?

A: One of the big challenges for Far Northeast Denver and GVR in particular, is a plan that will provide some relief to the community’s continued student growth. This is important at all grade levels. The conversation about enrollment and a variety of other important topics impacting the new campus will most likely be discussed as the education programming becomes known later this year.

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Q: Will the high school (grades 9-12) be an open or closed campus for students?

A: Not known at this time.

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Q: What athletic programs will be present at the new campus? Will there be sports teams sharing with Montbello HS and MLK Jr. Early College at the high school level?

A: The campus will host some athletic programs, but the specific programs to be provided are yet to be determined. There are some unique opportunities to look at a “targeted” regional sports program strategy in Far Northeast Denver that would allow the campus to host some nontraditional sports (i.e. lacrosse, field hockey) that students from across the region could participate in. These types of ideas will be explored after the educational programming for the campus becomes know later this year. The campuses’ master site plan includes a full range of sports facilities (to be developed in phases) to host a variety of sports teams as the campus adds students over time.

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Q: There has been some talk of creating a sports complex for DPS similar to the complex located at South High School. Is the idea of a “DPS North Area Sports Complex” being discussed?

A: Yes. One of the many big ideas for the GVR E12 Campus is the development of a north athletic complex to complement the DPS south sports complex to ease athletic competition scheduling, but also provide a venue for regional and state sports competitions could be held. The Phase I site plan includes the development of a 9-lane track and synthetic turf field.

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Q: Where can I learn more about the educational partner's that have responded to the DPS-RFP for school programming?

A: Please click here to view a summary of all 17 applications (.doc)

Please see the documents below for summaries of the applicants specifically interested in the GVR E-12 Shared Campus:
SOAR Charter School Executive Summary (.doc)
DSST Executive Summary (.doc)
Envisions Executive Summary (.doc)

To view copies of each applicant's full proposal, please contact:
Amy Schwartz at 303-486-8565

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Q: Where can I learn more about the District’s process of approving new school applications?

A: DPS New Schools Process Overview (.doc)

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