For those of you familiar with DPS, our first core value is students first. These renovations have provided our Commanders with a more beautiful campus. A campus they can be proud to call their own, allowing them to focus on their most important job: excelling at their education. It is so important that our students have access to high quality educational facilities, no matter where they live in our city.
When voters entrust DPS with taxpayer funds — in this case, a Total Focused Investment of $10,733,000 we are able to make big improvements that help us better serve our students and families.
From the bottom of our hearts here at Kennedy, thank you to the voters for investing in our students and our school, as these aesthetic upgrades help our students feel cared for, loved, and comfortable in a space that they spend most of their time. This is one HUGE step in breaking the cycle of inequity for our Kennedy Commanders!
The 2016 bond invests in building new schools in growing areas of our city and in ensuring quality learning environments in Denver Public Schools’ many older facilities.
This project for John F. Kennedy High School included:
- New main building entrance
- Secured entrances for students and visitors
- ADA compliant restrooms
- Cafeteria remodel
- Front office remodel
- Field lighting – currently under construction, $378,000
- Classroom cooling uni-vents – completed 2017 = $4,811,000
- Life Safety & Fire Suppression System – completed Winter 2018 – $2,100,000
- Renovation of Butler Building for Career Connect robotics and wood work shop with computer lab – completed Summer 2018 – $394,000.
Our DPS construction team has worked hard, in partnership with our contractors, to deliver a state-of-the art facility remodel under tight timelines.
Thank you to our amazing High School student speakers, Galaxie Galindo, Hannah Coble, representing the class of 2023, Jazmin Lopez, representing the class of 2021 and the Honor Platoon, and Katia Del Torro representing the class of 2021, the Student Board of Education and Student Council. They provided testimonials on how these upgrades have impacted their academic journeys.
Student performers Aaron Hernandez and Ness Colli Cruz presented monologues to our community to showcase the talent that continues to thrive at Kennedy.
Special thanks to Angela Cobián, Board Director District 2-Southwest Denver and Heather Haines, Regional Instructional Superintendent, Southwest Denver for attending to support the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Finally, thank you to ALL the community members who came to support this monumental moment in Kennedy’s history.
Our motto this year is that we as students, staff, and a community are Stronger Together. We truly felt the energy behind that motto at last night’s event.
We’re looking forward to a great school year here in Southwest Denver!