We have heard the voices of the Montbello community through surveys, interviews, and the Far Northeast Commission. Montbello community members desire the return of a comprehensive high school to the Montbello Campus and we are now planning to make this happen. Access the update as a one-pager here.
We will determine a plan for a feeder middle school and for STRIVE Prep Montbello, whether they are located on or off Montbello campus. DPS has explored different timelines for opening the new Montbello high school and feeder middle school, and have determined that we will launch the schools in fall 2022. This gives us time for an extensive school design process with the community, time to hire high quality leaders and staff, and to allow time for facility planning.
We will begin the hiring process for two principals this winter, one for the comprehensive high school and one for the feeder middle school on the Montbello campus. We will involve the community in each of the hiring processes. School leaders will be given a full year and a half of collaborative school design planning time with the community.
Montbello schools will continue to operate during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years in their current locations, while the Reimagining Montbello campus community engagement process continues.
We hope to have conversations on the location of a future feeder middle school and STRIVE Prep Montbello after Denver voters have voted on the Bond.
The Bond proposal will include a $130 million dollar investment to the Montbello campus if approved by Denver Voters in November 2020. The DPS Board of Education has committed to completing the originally designed cafeteria remodel if the bond does not pass in the November 2020 election.
Learn More: Montbello resolution, September 2019
We welcome all students, families, staff, alumni and community members to engage in this collaborative process to reimagine what’s possible for the future of the Montbello Campus. Community members can expect to receive surveys, small group meeting invitations, and other forms of engagement throughout the 2020-21 school year.
This fall, we are launching a virtual community journal and art project that will help inform the Reimagine Montbello Campus academic, program and facility design alongside our principal hiring process. Submissions will be accepted through January 2021.
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|Reimagining Montebello Timeline|
|September 2020||Launch Community Engagement Phase 2: Community Journal and Art Project|
|October 2020||Collect community input on future school leader desired characteristics|
|November 2020||Denver Voters Vote on Bond and Mill Levy|
|Winter 2020-21||Begin MS and HS principal selection process with community|
|Spring – Summer 2021||School Design planning begins with new MS and HS principals, core design team, and community|
|2021-2022||Continue School Design Planning for new MS and HS with core design team, and community
New MS and HS student recruitment (fall); School Choice processes (spring)
Staff hiring processes for new MS and HS schools (spring)
|2022-2023||Launch new feeder MS and comprehensive HS in August 2022|
|2023-2024||Montbello Campus construction complete by fall of 2024 (*TBD)|
For questions and to learn more, visit: dpsk12.org/reimagine-montbello-campus