An old school beacon

An old school beacon

Renovation launches Silverton’s architectural landmark toward future
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Silverton School science teacher Kevin deKay, shows details in a rock to student Ernesto Saldanos, 14, in the renovated lab room.
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“Most kids have not had an art class in three years, if ever.” said Sam Walsh, an art teacher at Silverton School while showing the new art studios. The $12 million renovation includes energy-efficient upgrades.
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These historic radiators were restored, and the building’s heating system has been overhauled. In the basement of the gym, three electric thermal-storage boilers, which contain clay bricks electrically heated at night, are expected to reduce energy costs.
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A $342,000 grant from the Colorado Historical Society financed the restoration of the school’s brick exterior, including replacing the original roof line and various cornices. The old bell from the 1898 wooden schoolhouse, which once stood on the current playground, was relocated to the front of the building.
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The library offers ample light through tall windows. A new kitchen and cafeteria plus a new performing arts center have been added, too.
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Kharis Weller, 6, reads in the library at the Silverton School.
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The Silverton School recently went through a $12 million renovation, which included improvements to its exterior.
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The library in the Silverton School offers plenty of light shining through tall windows.
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Silverton School science teacher Kevin deKay shows details in a rock to student Ernesto Saldanos, 14, in the renovated lab room.
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Silverton School teacher Kevin deKay teaches his science class in his new room.
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"It's nice to have windows again," said Silverton School teacher Kelly Habecker.
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Silverton School science teacher Kevin deKay, shows details in a rock to student Ernesto Saldanos, 14, in the renovated lab room.
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The gymnasium building also was remodeled.
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Bright lights, new lockers and refinished floors are just a few of the improvements to the Silverton School building.
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Silverton School teacher Kevin deKay works with Talitha Gallegos, 15, during his science class.
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Silverton high school students celebrate a fellow student's birthday in the hallway that now has lockers. There were no lockers in the school before the remodel.
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Bowen Coates, 14, studies a rock during science class.
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A new stairwell and entrance were created in the Silverton School building.
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The remodeled gymnasium includes a large climbing wall.
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The wooden handrails and much of the original woodwork were saved and refinished.
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Even the historic radiators were restored.
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Students and teachers show how they feel about their remodeled building.
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Students read in the library.
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A multipurpose room in the Silverton School building.
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Elizabeth Barszcz teaches her middle school math class in the remodeled Silverton School building.
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The wooden handrails and much of the original woodwork were saved and refinished.
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The Silverton School recently went through a $12 million renovation, which included improvements to its exterior.
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The library offers ample light through tall windows. A new kitchen and cafeteria plus a new performing arts center have been added, too.
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