Cactus Valley school to open in Silt after Christmas break

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT – Students at Roy Moore Elementary enjoyed their final day of classes at the school building on Tuesday. When they return to classes on Jan. 9, they will be attending the same old classes at the new Cactus Valley Elementary.”The kids are jazzed,” said Principal Lisa Whitmore. “They are excited because for them it’s like having another first day of school.”Crews will work over winter break, Dec. 19 through Jan. 8 for Roy Moore students, moving the faculty and staff into the new facility. The rest of the Re-2 schools will return to school on Jan. 8, but Roy Moore students will have one additional day off. Garfield School District Re-2 director of facilities Craig Jay said the school will be ready for that first day of classes.”We are doing punch-list items,” Jay said. “Moving new furniture into the classrooms and offices, getting the clock system working and waxing the floors, those are the types of things we have left to do.”Last Monday, crews moved library equipment and books from the old facility to the new building. The name, Roy Moore, won’t be retired completely; the new facility’s media center will bear the name of the late, longtime Re-2 teacher and principal.Construction of the $16.5 million facility began in December 2006, thanks in large part to district voters who passed the bond issue for Re-2 in November of the same year, according to Re-2 director of districtwide services Theresa Hamilton.”We have to say a big thanks to the voters who passed the bond,” Hamilton said. “Without that this wouldn’t have happened.”All of it combined for another gift to the elementary students of Silt.Lisa Whitmore and the Re-2 district administrators will have an informal open house on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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