Cortez district getting 1st new school since 1966

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) The school district that serves Cortez and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe is getting its first new school in nearly 50 years.

The Cortez Journal reports that the Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 district is building a new high school with the help of a $33.9 million state grant. A local bond will pay for 46 percent of the work.

Ground moving work is expected to start shortly after Christmas.

The school will be two stories and designed to accommodate 725 students. About 650 students attend the current school.

The state grant comes from a program aimed at helping rural areas with lower property values pay for school construction projects.

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