RIDGWAY – Now that the successful campaign for a “Place to Play” is over, the Ridgway School Board turns its focus to the future construction of the $3.3 million gym/music room. And for all the students who spent countless hours campaigning for the bond measure, the process of local politics and running a campaign was a great learning experience.
“On behalf of the Ridgway School Board and the entire school community, I would like to express our deep thanks to the Ridgway voters for passing the bond to fund the gymnasium and music room for the Ridgway Secondary School,” Board President Kara Mueller said after the election results were announced. Voters in Ouray County approved the bond measure 968-639. “We especially want to thank the bond campaign committee, mainly comprised of Ridgway High School students.”
Students involved in the campaign took part in designing and making all advertisements, presented oral and Power Point presentations, designed and created the layout for the brochure that was mailed to Ridgway community members, and called every registered voter in the school district.
“The dedication and passion, as well as the professionalism and creativity that they displayed throughout the campaign, made all of us involved with Ridgway Schools very proud,” Mueller said.
Ridgway Secondary School Principal Emma Brockman echoed Mueller’s comments.
“They were awesome and contributed greatly to the bond passing,” Brockman said on Monday. “Exciting changes are in the works at the Ridgway Secondary School thanks to the support of our community. The passing of this bond will allow us to have a facility that better serves the school’s exemplary program.”
The school board has authorized the reforming of the Project Oversight Committee (the same group that oversaw the construction of the secondary school) to oversee the construction of the gym and music room. The committee met for the first time on Tuesday. Construction is expected to begin this spring and could be finished sometime by late fall.
“I’m thrilled by the community support of the school construction project – both the donations made during the Place to Play fundraising effort and the strong margin of victory with the bond initiative,” said Ridgway Schools Superintendent Douglas Bissonette.