Tour offers sneak peek of new Vail Valley high school |

Tour offers sneak peek of new Vail Valley high school

Sarah MausolfVail Valley, CO Colorado
Sarah Mausolf/Vail DailyJose Santiago, an employee with Adolfson & Peterson Construction in Denver, assembles a soccer goal Tuesday at the turf field behind the Vail Valley's new Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Vail Valley parent Debbie Robbins has walked through the new Battle Mountain High School, and she liked what she saw.”My first impression of the school is it looks really nice but not over the top,” said the Edwards resident, whose son will be a senior this year.Robbins had worried the school would look too luxurious, like a Beaver Creek lodge.”I was afraid the taxpayers would feel like they were investing in something more than what was necessary and I don’t see it that way at all,” she said.Members of the public can tour the $65 million school Thursday. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m., followed by tours at 5 p.m.”I’m looking forward to a tour of the school so I can get the lay of the land,” Robbins said. “I volunteer a lot at the school.”The tour will offer a sneak peak of the 207,000-square-foot building before it opens on Monday for classes. It includes two gyms, a college-style lecture room, a culinary kitchen and a 450-seat auditorium. The outdoor stadium has artificial turf and bleachers large enough to hold 1,200 fans. Funding for the school came from a $128 million bond voters approved in 2006 for a variety of school construction projects. Principal Philip Qualman expects a big turnout for the tour.”I know there’s a ton of interest from students and parents, and community members who don’t have students in the school,” he said.Incoming freshmen Jack Kamby and Sean Armitage want to get a better sense of the classroom layout, so they won’t be lost on the first day of school.Armitage played soccer on the turf field this week and said he liked the surface.”This has to be one of the nicest fields and we get the privilege to play on it, which is really awesome,” the 14-year-old said.

What: Battle Mountain High School tourWhen: Thursday; ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.; public open house at 5 p.m.Where: Battle Mountain High School, 0151 Miller Ranch Road, EdwardsCost: freeMore information: Visit or call 970-328-4806

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