For Immediate Release
Communications Director & Public Information Officer
Colorado Treasurer Dave Young Statement on Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant Recipient Schools in Pueblo
Over $30 Million in BEST Grants
New Schools to Serve Over 800 PK-5 Students
“These new schools show a great partnership between Pueblo School District 60 and the Building Excellent Schools Today program and symbolize our commitment to educational excellence for every child in Colorado. It marks the beginning of a new era in Pueblo in how we educate children in our community. Preparing our students for the rest of their lives has never been more important than right now.
This is a place where our children will have the tools to realize their dreams and potential. The new, safer schools will be a game changer in how we educate children and will continue to make Pueblo appealing to families for decades to come.”
Colorado State Treasurer and former K-12 educator Dave Young
Sunset Park Elementary School
In 2021, Sunset Park Elementary School received a grant of $15.9 million to replace the PK-5 elementary school. The school district contributed a $6.1 million match, with the total project of $22.1 million. The groundbreaking will take place on Thursday, February 24, 2022.
Franklin School of Innovation
In 2021, The Franklin School of Innovation received a grant of $16.1 million to replace the PK-5 elementary school. The school district contributed a $6.2 million match, with the total project just short of $22.5 million. The groundbreaking took place on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) Grant Program
Established in 2008 with the signing of House Bill 08-1335, BEST provides an annual amount of funding in the form of competitive grants to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.
BEST is the only K-12 capital construction grant program in the state of Colorado.
Since its inception, 151 out of 178 school districts across the state have received more than $2 billion in BEST Grant funding, improving learning environments for more than 325,000 students. During 2021, BEST generated $234 million dollars in school construction projects, creating or supporting 4,095 jobs.