Elementary/Middle School Program

601 N. Mildred Rd., Cortez, CO 81321 | 970-564-9377| kivacharter.org

November 12, 2018

Dear Kiva Community,

We would like to take a moment to answer the questions we have received regarding the renovation process and the current status of our school building. Below we have tried to provide answers based on the information we have available. In addition, the Board will be meeting at Children’s House, 1204 E. Empire, on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 pm and will provide you with an opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have, as well as share any comments.  Please understand that we do not have ALL the answers, but will do our best to obtain answers to any questions we receive.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through this challenge. 

Background and Timeline of Children’s Kiva Montessori School (CKMS) Building Purchase and Renovation at 601 N. Mildred:


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Regulation No. 8, Part B (CDPHE 2008a), requires that suspected asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in buildings built prior to 1988 be assumed to contain asbestos or have an inspection conducted by an EPA-accredited/CDPHE-licensed asbestos building inspector.










What is abatement versus cleaning?

Where was asbestos identified in the building?


Was abatement completed before construction began?


Were contaminated areas being used by staff and students?  

Were students, staff, and community exposed to asbestos?


Will asbestos testing be completed in the classrooms?

What about the materials inside? Can we get these items back?


What about another location for the School?

What is the Children’s Kiva Building Corporation (CKBC)?

Where will CKMS be in the meantime?


When will we move back to 601 N. Mildred?

Summary of what we know today:

Again, thank you for your patience and support during this time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Board via bod@kivacharter.org.


Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School Board of Directors