Loveland Classical Buys Old Building, Lot for New School

09/07/2016 01:54:24 PM MDT
Charter to split elementary, secondary over two campuses

Loveland Classical Schools plans to build a new middle and high school campus, as pictured in this architectural rendering, at 3015 W. 29th St. Construction is expected to begin this fall with the school opening for the 2017-18 school year. Loveland Classical Schools has changed its vision and will maintain two campuses instead of bringing all grade levels back into one school.

The charter school recently purchased, for $6.85 million, the 43,000-square-foot building that it had been leasing and will maintain that facility, 3835 14th St. SW, as its elementary school.

The school also paid $550,000 for 12 acres at 3015 W. 29th St., next to King of Glory Church near the intersection of 29th Street and Wilson Avenue. On that site, the school will build a 52,844-square-foot building for middle and high school students.

Construction could begin within the next two months with plans to open for the 2017-18 school year.
“It was the best situation of our long-term growth,” said Ian Stout, principal of Loveland Classical Schools. “For the same overall project budget, we were able to double the size.”

The school initially announced that it would issue bonds for the land and construction of a new school that would unite all the grade levels back on one campus.

But recently, the school changed direction. Within the last month, $20 million in bonds were issued, and the school closed on both properties with plans to split the elementary and secondary levels of students at two sites.

The total project, with the two purchases and construction, will total that $20 million.

Currently, 770 students are enrolled across all levels at Loveland Classical Schools. With the two facilities, that could grow to 950 students over two or three years, Stout said.

The new building will be two stories and will include a science lab, music and art rooms, classrooms for middle and high school, a cafeteria and 138 parking spaces.

It does not include a regulation size high school gym. That portion of the project, which would cost almost $1.7 million, depends upon voters. It is included in the overall $288 million bond that the Thompson School District is asking voters to approve in November.

The school is working with city of Loveland staff on its construction plans. The city must approve all utilities and street access, but the overall construction permit will come from the state.

The city planning commission will review the project later this month.