Students, parents and teachers of the tiny Silver Fork School are looking forward to summer — but not just because school will be out. Silver Fork, built in the 1950s, will be getting a long-needed face-lift.
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There are about 18 students from kindergarten to eighth grade at the school tucked underneath Sugarloaf in Kyburz. The school serves students from Kyburz, Silver Fork and Strawberry and is part of the Pollock Pines School District.
“We received an extreme hardship grant for about $500,000 to redo the roof and the paving, which is desperately needed,” said Pollock Pines superintendent Kevin Monsma. “Once we started on the project, it grew to include a host of things including ADA compliance, energy-efficient windows, an upgrade of the heating system, new carpeting, interior painting and new cabinets that match, since now there’s just a mishmash of rolling cabinets.”
The half million dollar project grew in cost as well, but a $125,000 modernization grant from the state along with some capital facilities and maintenance funds from the school district, reserved for the purpose, will cover the $750,00 cost, according to Monsma.
“The school was originally built in the 1950s,” said Monsma, “so we had to dig the plans out of dusty bins and put in a lot of work with our architect for the modernization plan.”
The modernization will also include some new technology which will allow Silver Fork students and teachers interactive capabilities.
“The students will be out at the end of May and the next day, the preparation work begins,” said Monsma. “All the work will be done by the time school starts in August. We have a tight timeline, but we have a good contractor so we know we’ll make it.”
KIZ Construction of Carmichael won the bid to do the construction and roofing with Joe Vicini, Inc. of Placerville doing the paving and Benchmark General Engineering, also of Placerville, doing the concrete work.
“We are still putting out a bid for exterior painting and want to get a small, local contractor to do that, ” said Monsma. “It’s a neat little school and we are hoping it will last another 50 or 60 years.”