School personnel serve tacos
Cinnamon twists were the hot item on the menu at the Rifle Taco Bell Friday night, and Coal Ridge High School Principal Jeanie Humble was the chief salesperson. Members of the Coal Ridge staff were at Taco Bell, raising money for a school climbing wall. “People are excited about the prospect of a climbing wall at Coal Ridge. We are hoping to offer classes, and eventually, begin a climbing club as well,” explained Humble.Rifle High School has a climbing wall and an established climbing club. Coal Ridge has been raising money for the project for a couple of years, and with the approximately $1,600 raised at the Taco Bell fundraiser, they are close to their $28,000 goal. Bighorn Toyota, Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer and the Coal Ridge Booster Club have also been major contributors to the goal.
Friday night, Taco Bell Colorado Inc. Director of Operations Tim Gingles explained that this was an excellent project for his organization to be involved with, both on a professional and personal basis.”I’ve got kids that go to Coal Ridge, and we want to be a partner in the community,” said Gingles. “When Jeanie and I began to talk about this project, I gave her several ideas of what we could do to help.”Humble, math teacher Greg Terry, PE teacher Jemiah Fowler and marketing teacher Dan O’Meara worked a variety of jobs throughout the evening as part of the fundraiser.For the New Year, there is a lot that is new in Garfield Re-2.On Wednesday, Jan. 9, students began enjoying the new Cactus Valley Elementary School. The new 61,000-square-foot elementary in Silt serves as a replacement school for Roy Moore Elementary. Cactus Valley has 16,000 additional square feet of space and 22 classrooms to accommodate the growing student population in Silt.The new Roy Moore Memorial Media Center is larger and serves only as a media center. The school has a separate computer lab. Previously, the media center served both purposes. Each classroom has a digital projector, and many safety features including video cameras and mandatory office check-in for visitors are great improvements for Silt’s students.
Building staff and districtwide maintenance employees worked feverishly over the winter break to put the finishing touches on the first new facility to arise from the 2006 bond program.”It has been great to see all of the kids and their faces,” said Cactus Valley Elementary principal Lisa Whitmore. “The kids were excited just talking about it. Seeing their faces light up as they check out the new school, that is the most exciting piece to me.”The new school continues the legacy of former principal Roy Moore through the media center. That is important to Whitmore and Garfield Re-2.”We are proud of the history and the legacy that Roy Moore provided to the school and the district. We want to be sure that we honored that. What better place than the media center where the students and community can be reminded of his contributions daily,” she added.New Castle projectsTwo additional significant projects are under way in New Castle. The new 70,000-square-foot middle school is taking shape, and is scheduled to be complete by July 2008 and ready for students in August. This new school is being constructed adjacent to Kathryn Senor Elementary and will continue to house fifth- through eighth-grade students.
The existing Riverside Middle School will be renovated and turned into New Castle’s second elementary school. The physical renovation will begin May 20 with new carpet, paint, life safety systems and light fixtures. The commons area will be opened up, and the building will be retrofitted to exemplify more of an elementary atmosphere than a middle school.While the actual work will not begin on the building until May, preparations are already being made for the new school. In November, after several meetings with staff and the New Castle community, a committee recommended boundaries for the two schools and the Garfield Re-2 school board approved them. Kathryn Senor Elementary will include Apple Tree, Mountain Shadows and Castle Valley Ranch subdivisions. The new K-4 elementary school will include Elk Creek, Riverbend, Peach Valley, Lakota Canyon, Shibui, New Castle proper and students from surrounding communities.In addition, Lacey Moser was recently named the principal of the new elementary school. This decision was arrived at after meetings with Kathryn Senor Elementary staff and parents to define what qualities and characteristics they would like to see in the new principal and a committee including staff and community members interviewed several high quality candidates.The staff of Garfield Re-2 is looking forward to a great 2008.Theresa Hamilton is Re-2 director of districtwide services.
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