World Compass Academy Breaks Ground on Middle School Addition
CASTLE ROCK - World Compass Academy (WCA) is full steam ahead on an expansion project to accommodate its fast-paced student growth. The school held its official groundbreaking ceremony in November with members of the Castle Rock community in attendance to show their support, in addition to the WCA Governing Board, staff, students and parents.
“This is an aggressive timeline for a new school to expand and grow this soon after opening,” said WCA Principal Lance Howard. “We are fortunate to be in a position that is attractive to bond financiers due to our academic and administrative performance, and are pleased we were able to secure private financing during our second year of operation and complete the project by the end of our third year.”
The groundbreaking ceremony was kicked off with welcoming remarks from Howard followed by students from the school’s Cougar Committee (similar to student council) leading the Pledge of Allegiance and the WCA school pledge. In addition, Douglas County School District Superintendent Erin Kane spoke about the excitement surrounding the expansion project and pride in the hard work that has gone into building the school. Bethany Merkling, the school’s Director of Middle School, shared her excitement about the project and benefits to the students while WCA Board President, Christina Poler, thanked the school community for their support. The 3rd and 4th grade choir performed, and the event concluded with the middle school students, WCA Board and their children outfitted with white and grey hardhats “turned the soil” on the new ground where the expansion will take place.
The much welcomed additional 27,900 square feet will be finished in August 2018 and will double the square footage for the WCA middle school program, creating a new facility complete with a second floor which will be connected to the existing school by a breezeway, and utilized by 5th and 6th graders on one end with 7th and 8th graders on the other end. The space will allow for an increase in the school’s musical ensemble extracurricular program which currently includes over 55 choir students. In addition, the WCA instrument program, consisting of the “baby strings” violin program for preschool students to the “young strings” program for elementary students, to the band, orchestra and percussion programs will have room to expand. In addition, a new art room with a kiln, administrative space to support students and additional instructional space, including a science lab, will be housed in the new facility. The expansion will also include a separate lunchroom that will also house the school’s before and aftercare program, freeing up the gymnasium for additional sports and P.E. classes.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this much needed additional space for our students and our growing program,” said WCA Board President Christina Poler. “"We are grateful to our financing, construction and architectural partners and look forward to celebrating the completion of the project."
World Compass is working with Nunn Construction out of Colorado Springs, a family owned and operated construction company since 1983 along with RTA Architects, also out of Colorado Springs and known for its extensive work in the educational field in designing over 24 charter, elementary, PK-12, preschool and high schools across Colorado. In addition, Vanir Construction Management is acting as the the school’s owner's representative out of Lakewood, CO. They have managed more than 1,000 projects for more than 100 school districts over the past 20 years.