Big welcome awaits renovated Brantner

Ribbon-cutting held for newly expanded 27J school in Thornton

Staff report
Posted 8/14/16

Adams County School District 27J board members joined a Thornton councilman, school staffers, residents and students for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion and recent renovation of Brantner Elementary School in …

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Big welcome awaits renovated Brantner

Ribbon-cutting held for newly expanded 27J school in Thornton

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Adams County School District 27J board members joined a Thornton councilman, school staffers, residents and students for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion and recent renovation of Brantner Elementary School in Thornton.

Brantner was one beneficiary of a $248 million bond issue proposed last year by 27J School District and approved by voters last November. The measure was similar to, but about $100 million more than one struck down by 90 votes in 2014. The 2015 bond issue passed easily the second time around, with 62 percent of the vote and more than 125,000 voters supporting it.

Along with four new schools, the bond issue is funding renovation of five existing schools, including Brantner at 7800 E. 133rd Ave. Construction there began March 12, as crews began placing 16 new concrete wall panels as part of that school’s 27,886-square-foot expansion.

That $6.6 million expansion added 17 classrooms to the school and doubled student capacity to about 800. The new addition was finished just in time for the new school year.

The district also just last month broke ground not far from the elementary school on its third high school, currently referred to as High School #3, located at 133 Avenue and Yosemite Street.

That location in the northeast region of the district was chosen to allow for future growth and a possible, future middle school, according to the district. Additional growth within 27J continues, including in Thornton.

Teachers, parents and students toured the new part of the school after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The original Brantner Elementary School was opened in 2012.

Larson-Incitti Architects designed the original school and the expansion; Centennial-based Saunders was the general contractor for the project.

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