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Eagle Valley High School upgrades on tight schedule

Lauren Glendenning
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYTPSUM, Colorado “-Eagle Valley High School students will have a longer summer before school starts next year, but it won’t be an endless one.

The Eagle County School District lengthened the summer vacation so the school’s renovations could get finished in time for the 2009-10 school year.

The Gypsum school has been remodeled several times over the years, but this remodel is extensive and will improve the quality of the school facilities significantly, said Phil Onofrio, the district’s chief financial officer.

The renovations were originally budgeted at $8 million when voters passed a $128 million school bond in 2006.

At that time, the $8 million renovation wasn’t defined, Onofrio said. The school district ended up using money from its contingency fund and interest from the bond money to bring the budget up to about $25 million so it could do “a nice, significant change,” Onofrio said.

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The remodel includes adding a larger gymnasium, cafeteria space, a wood shop, locker rooms, a green house, technology classrooms and more parking in the back of the school. The school’s administrative area is also being remodeled, and the old auxiliary gymnasium is being turned into art and science classrooms.

Donovan Nolan, the project consultant from ARC Integrated Program Management, said other than the expected hiccups in remodel projects – he says you always find things that aren’t in the drawings – everything has moved along smoothly and the school is still on schedule for its September completion.

The summer work will be the biggest part of the project, he said. The entire administrative area, which is essentially the whole center of the building, will be gutted out as phase three of the project.

“That’s area is why we asked for the extended summer,” he said. “There’s so much work involved.”

There’s about three and a half months to work on all of phase three and some remaining parts of phase two – including building the auditorium, new gymnasium, technology wing and a kitchen and commons area in the cafeteria.

The schedule is tight with little room for error, Nolan said. School is scheduled to start Sept. 21.

Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

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