Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new De Beque school

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DE BEQUE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- After years of planning, and hard work De Beque students will be attending their brand new school.

On Friday, the community got its first look at the building that will house students for years to come.

"It's exciting to see the community alive, vibrant and a lot of engagement," said Alan Dillon, the superintendent.

The new building replaces the dilapidated 1960's building...and it couldn't have come at a better time.

"Kids report Monday morning, so we're ready to go," said Dillon.

The new school was funded by a bond measure which residents voted on, and a Best grant.

"Funding comes from multiple sources; there is a portion that comes from the sale of marijuana," said Dillon.

"The new technology and the art room looks cool...and the temperature is way better. No musty smell," said Hayden Walcher, a 5th-grade student.

All of the students will be under one roof, which is a change from the previous buildings.

"If you had to deliver something to the high school or go to the cafeteria, or something like that, it was a nuisance to walk over there in pouring rain," said Walcher.

This will be an energy efficient school with plenty of natural lighting.

"We're really able to keep our environment nice and comfortable," said Dillon.

The old building dated back to generations before, and that won't be forgotten.

"The community wanted to keep some of the historical aspects of the campus of the old site of the campus," Dillon said.

The center of the old gym floor still found a useful place in its new home.

"As you walk through this facility you'll see a number of things embedded in the project that came from the other side of the campus," said Dillon.

The BEST grant covered nearly a third of the entire project.

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