Eagle Valley will be ready for classes | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley will be ready for classes

Pam Boyd/Eagle Valley EnterpriseCrews hustle at the new Eagle Valley High School student commons Monday.Classes at the remodeled Gypsum school start Sept. 21

GYPSU, Colorado –Eagle Valley High School is still a bustling construction zone, but according to school officials, the newly remodeled building should be ready for kids come the first day of classes, Sept. 21.

“Everything they tell us from the construction crews is that we are on time, we are on schedule,” Principal Mark Strakbein says. “Yes, they are tying up the loose ends as fast as they can. They still have two more weeks to get those done before the staff reports on Sept. 14.”

The newly improved school will be vastly different from the building students left last May. The remodel includes an expansive new cafeteria/student commons that dominates the front of the building. Immediately south the of the new commons is a new school gym that will seat between 1,000 and 1,200 people. The old gym will remain in service for junior varsity games, practices and other events.

The locker rooms have been remodeled and the former auxiliary gym has been converted into an art wing. The school auditorium has sound, lighting and stage improvements and the new seating features flip-up desk tops so the space can double as a lecture hall. Band and music students will get new quarters as well.

A new technology wing has been built on the southeastern corner of the building and it includes a computer-aided drafting room and broadcasting production area and studio.

Rounding out the improvements is a new main office and a new parking area and bus drop-off on the south side of the building.

One of the biggest pieces of the remodel debuted last Saturday when the Devils began the football season by facing off against Faith Christian at the new Hot Stuff Stadium.

“The score didn’t end up the way we wanted it (the Devils lost 41-0) but the field is second to none,” said Strakbein. “The Faith Christian coaches were saying its probably the best field they have seen in the state.”

John Ramunno, who is now celebrating his 30th year as the Devils head coach, is thrilled with the improvement.

“It is top of the line,” said Ramunno. He noted the artificial turf is safe and has great footing..

“Earl Campbell would have loved to run on this field,” said Ramunno, referring to the former NFL star. “Now I’m trying to put together a team for that field that looks as nice as it does.”

For more information about the remodel, visit the school’s Web site at http://evhs.eagleschools.net.

Support Local Journalism