Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District

Austin Cope / KSJD

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board heard an urgent plea Tuesday from a representative of the Children’s Kiva Montessori School.

Austin Cope

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School Board heard some glad tidings Tuesday night in their final meeting before the holidays.

The Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District will not appeal a Colorado Department of Education decision to deny the district a higher accreditation rating.


The Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 school district has been on a five-year accreditation improvement plan for the past five years, and they’ve now entered year six.

In November, voters approved a proposal to pay for the demolition and asbestos abatement of the former Montezuma Cortez high school. But what comes next in the process? What will happen to all the items in the old school, like the murals on the walls? And what will happen to the land once the building is gone? KSJD's Austin Cope talked with district superintendent Lori Haukeness to find out.

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