Rising costs take toll on several Colorado schools

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 6, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Rising costs are taking a toll on several Colorado schools and districts, forcing one school to close and others to come up with money for construction.

The Archdiocese of Denver said the St. Louis Catholic School in Englewood will close at the end of this school year because of declining enrollment and rising costs. About 80 students will have to find new schools.

Father Robert Reycraft, pastor of St. Louis Catholic Parish in Englewood, said the decision to close the Catholic school, which opened in 1929, was difficult.

"It is with sadness that this will be the last school year for St. Louis School," Reycraft told parents.

Spokeswoman Karna Swanson said people are having smaller families and schools are finding it hard to raise funds, making resources tight. Swanson said there are three other Catholic schools nearby where the students can transfer.

Funds are also a problem for six public schools in the Greeley area, which need $275,000 to bring them into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act to provide access for people who are disabled.

Inspections turned up violations at Valley and Roosevelt high schools this past year, Eaton in 2013, Briggsdale in 2012, and Fort Lupton and Weld Central in 2010. The schools are in the Johnstown/Milliken Re-5J and Valley Re-1 school districts.

Inspectors found numerous violations at Roosevelt High School, and it will cost about $160,000 to fix them, the Greeley Tribune reported (http://tinyurl.com/jh9hlyh).

"Oh my goodness," said Marty Foster, Johnstown/Milliken Re-5J superintendent. "Trying to come up with $160,000 when we're scraping for every dime we can get?"

At the University of Colorado, officials are paying a consultant $700,000 to find out why some of its construction projects are over-budget and behind schedule.

Those projects include the expansion of CU's athletic facilities and the renovation of a building to house animal labs and other life science departments.

Some of the delays are being blamed on a shortage of workers due to a construction boom in the metro area.

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