Series of errors led to school closing

The Denver Post story regarding the Meeker Elementary School structural problems may be read at

Letter: School board responds

We know many residents of our community were unable to attend the public meeting we held on Aug. 16, 2011, and we want to make sure everyone is aware of what is happening regarding the new elementary school.

Students write essays

MEEKER I In December, all of the fifth-graders at Meeker Elementary School had the opportunity to write an essay on the topic of “Why I am proud to be an American.”

Cold weather closes new school, recreation center

MEEKER I Sub-zero temperatures created several problems at the Meeker Recreation Center and the new elementary school, closing both facilities for at least two days. “Tuesday when it got real cold our heating system went off line that night and when we came in Wednesday morning, it was 32 degrees in the building,” said Mike […]

Meeker Elementary gym reopens

MEEKER I After more than a month, the gym at the new Meeker Elementary School has reopened. The gym was closed Oct. 6 because of safety concerns after it was discovered the east wall had shifted away from the roof. The gym remained closed while repairs were made.

Neenan will double MES warranty

Statement from the Neenan Company in response to a problem with east wall of gym at the new Meeker Elementary School: “Neenan has determined the cause of the movement of Meeker Elementary School’s east gym wall. Neenan under-designed the wall system for the required horizontal pressure, which resulted in unforeseen exterior wall movement and failure […]

Meeker Elementary holds book fair today

MEEKER I The Meeker Elementary School will have its third annual book fair today. The fair, which began Wednesday, will be held during parent-teacher conferences. The second day of the book fair will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Annual book fair slated for Oct. 27-28

MEEKER – The Meeker Elementary School will have its third annual book fair on Oct. 27 and 28. It will be held during parent-teacher conferences. The first day of the book fair will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and the second day 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be books for all ages […]

Shifting soils at new school site prompt questions of oversight

Meeker schools have had long history of problems caused by shifting soils Editor’s note: Residents who had problems with the site of the new elementary school shared their concerns long before the situation occurred with the gym. Because of fears about possible retribution for speaking out publicly, they requested anonymity.

Board felt site best met district’s needs

Editor’s note: Following the announcement of the temporary closing of the gym at the new Meeker Elementary School, Mary Strang, president of the Meeker School Board, responded to a set of questions about the new school:

Safety concerns close gym at new Meeker Elementary

MEEKER I Seven weeks after the dedication of the new elementary school, the gym was temporarily closed because of safety concerns about the east wall. “We discovered some movement in the wall, at the place where the roof meets the wall,” Principal Jason Hightower said. “There’s too much pressure from the soil pushing the wall […]

Letter: Thanks to all who contributed to school

The Meeker School Board has many to thank for their contributions to the new elementary school and its opening celebration. The taxpayers are on the top of the list for making this and the improvements at the high school and middle school possible. The learning environment in the new building and the improved conditions in […]