Kids, families, and the schools are the backbone of this community. The term “BV Strong” exemplifies the strength of community spirit that binds us. We are grateful to have talented and caring educators who inspire our kids to greatness. The Avery Parsons Elementary School underwent a major renovation and expansion in 2013; a new wing was added and the rest of the school was remodeled. The current Avery Parsons Elementary building is in great shape. The new Pre School wing now serves more kids and allowed the Boys and Girls Club to secure a permanent home in the old Pre School building behind the APE play ground. This new home for Boys and Girls Club has allowed them to grow and serve more kids each year. Buena Vista voters recently approved a bond that will allow the community to build new Middle and High School buildings. The school district is in the in the process of applying for a BEST grant that would double the $29.5 million bond and allow the BV school district to build much larger new Middle and High Schools. This is a great step for our community.
Many people underestimate how much strong schools impact property values. Communities with good to great schools have higher property values than communities with poor schools. The better the schools the more young families will want to move there and thus the demand will increase.
Update to original article (posted 12/12/17):
In the December 21, 2017 edition of the Chaffee County Times Buena Vista School District Superintendent Lisa Yates presented a summary of an external audit of our schools, and the commmunity couldn’t be more proud of our educators and kids. Lisa said that “the district has been recognized for the growth and achievement of our students by the state of Colorado. From our external audit, the learning climate in our district was rated at the highest level, scoring 6 on a 7 point scale, noting high levels of student engagement, positive relationships between staff and students and a variety of effective instructional strategies being used to support personalized learning. Based on the spring 2017 scores, Buena Vista School District was one of 19 districts in the state (there are 178 districts in Colorado) named at the highest level as a District of Distinction. Buena Vista High School was awarded the highest honor as Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.”