Students agree schoolhouse rocks
NEW CASTLE Adrian Frazee, a rising sophomore at Coal Ridge High School, got a sneak preview of the brand-new school Friday afternoon, and she wasnt alone. More than 500 people came out for the grand opening of the new school between New Castle and Silt on Highway 6 & 24.Its big, Frazee said as she toured the halls, Really big. I like that.Ava Lanes, the Garfield School District Re-2 assistant superintendent, presented a giant ceremonial key to the schools new principal Jeanie Humble. Humble announced to the crowd that Coal Ridge is not just a new 114,248-square-foot building, but a new school, full of new ideas and enthusiasm.Frazee said she was excited to start her sophomore year at the new school even though it meant leaving behind Rifle High School.Its a big gym. That was the first place I went on the tour, said Frazee, who plays basketball. I love that.Frazee will play varsity basketball at Coal Ridge as a sophomore. In fact, all athletes at the high school will play varsity, because the school will be too small at first for junior varsity teams. Only freshmen and sophomores will attend the school this year.Frazee went around to a lot of the classrooms and talked to some of the teachers that she might have this year.I think the teachers are going to be a lot of fun this year, Frazee said. They seemed excited.Jackie Davis will teach science in one of the new lab rooms. She taught at Rifle Middle School for two years before signing on at Coal Ridge.The school is so pretty and itll be so nice to work in a real lab, Davis said as she looked around at the clean, black lab tables and extra sinks in her classroom. It was also really nice to walk into a classroom where I picked everything out. That was a first.Dr. Gary Pack, Re-2 superintendent, said he was especially excited to see the school finished because the project was a long time coming.There hasnt been a high school here since 1962, Pack said. In 1964, they closed the school in Silt and moved everyone to Rifle. This is pretty special for the folks out here.Both New Castle and Silt had small high schools for many years before consolidating in Silt for a short time. All students from New Castle and Silt were then bused to Rifle as part of the Re-2 School District.Coal Ridge High School is scheduled to open on Aug. 16.
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