LONGMONT — The St. Vrain Valley School District has some work to do.
In five years or so, the school district will need to build new elementary schools in Erie and Frederick, add classrooms to Blue Mountain and Eagle Crest elementary schools in Longmont, and expand Erie, Frederick and Mead high schools.
That could cost $60 million, according to the facilities report that St. Vrain chief operations officer Rick Ring presented to the school board on Wednesday.
By the numbers
4 million square feet of buildings
875 acres of land
$1 billion estimated replacement value
Ring described his report as a 50,000-foot overview of the district's properties, facility needs and funding challenges.
The new buildings and additional classrooms would be necessary only if district planner Scott Toillion's mid-level enrollment projections turn out to be true. He expects more than 30,000 students to attend St. Vrain schools in 2015-16.
"We should probably break ground on these in year five," or 2017, Ring said.
Meanwhile, the district has safety and security modifications to consider; deferred maintenance issues to prioritize; and even some sports fields and roofs to fix.
If the school board decides to add preschool capacity as well, Ring said the cost of facility needs in the next five years ranges from $118.7 million to $125.4 million. In the "worst case," with new schools being built and others being added to, the need becomes $195 million, he said.
Ring estimated that enhancing safety at 27 schools will cost $9.6 million. The district is looking at changing entrances at 18 elementary and four middle schools, and adding security cameras inside the eight high schools, he said.
In April, the school board will be presented contracts for making changes to the entryways of Altona, Erie and Mead middle schools, Ring said.
Deferred maintenance needs — work that has been put off for financial reasons — are now estimated at $111.9 million, down from $155.2 million in 2009, Ring said.
He pointed out that the district built 12 schools — seven elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools — from the 2002 bond, all in a short period of time.
"That's going to catch up to us," as roofs, floors and mechanical components reach the end of their typical life cycles, Ring said.
Then there are needs that weren't included in the 2008 bond, including football fields, modular classrooms, roofs and tennis courts.
The courts at Erie, Skyline and Silver Creek high schools are at the end of their life cycles, Ring said.
School board director Rod Schmidt disagreed regarding the Skyline tennis courts, though.
"I think you can put a minus five on the life expectancy," he said.
Everly Montgomery Field, at Longmont High School, has about two good years left, while the field at Erie High probably will need to be replaced in five years because someone improperly used a snow plow on it, Ring said.
The school board wants to provide more seats for preschool students who come from low-income families or other at-risk environments. At the board's request, Ring and assistant superintendent Connie Syferd calculated the district would need 44 classrooms to accommodate about 400 students.
Because such a variety of options is available to meet that goal, its cost ranges from $2.75 million to $13 million, Ring said.
School board members Joie Siegrist and Bob Smith were absent.