District 6 cuts ribbon on new Greeley West High School
With a snip of the scissors, a new era officially began Tuesday evening for Greeley West High School, as Greeley-Evans School District 6 officially opened the new school, replacing a 60-year-old building that had numerous challenges and structural issues.
At an official ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday evening, the speeches were permeated by a common theme of gratitude to the voters of Greeley and Evans for supporting the 2019 Bond Issue that funded the construction of the new Greeley West, and dozens of other construction projects throughout the district.
“We are so fortunate to be supported by this community,” Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch said.
Greeley West Student Body President Sam Providence said the new building matches the strength and character of the students that attend and will attend Greeley West.
“On behalf of my fellow Spartans, I would like to say thank you to everyone who supported this project and advanced our education,” Providence said. “We finally have a building that matches the beauty and integrity of the people inside it.”
The 280,000 square foot building is constructed to educate 1,800 students. It includes a Career and Technical Education wing that houses the agriculture and horticulture program, welding and construction trades, a culinary arts program, business, as well as fine arts. The 650-seat auditorium includes an orchestra pit and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
The old Greeley West High School is still being razed. Late last Spring, additional asbestos was discovered in the layers of the old roof, and had to be abated before the building could be torn down. Once the old building is completely removed, that area will become the main parking lot for the new school.
The Grand Lodge of Colorado Freemasonry also provided a cornerstone and time capsule for the new building.