Summer projects improve classrooms at Valley Falls
Story and photo by Holly Davis
The Valley Falls school district is seeing some improvements this summer. Workers have been tearing down the old and bringing in the new.
Renovations have been made to the industrial arts building which is now the art room for teacher Megan Turner.
The former art room has been transformed into the special education room for Sarah Ochs, special education teacher. Her old classroom is now the interactive digital learning classroom where technology will aid Toni Larson, Spanish teacher, whom USD 338 shares with Jefferson County North, USD 339.
Improvements have been made to high school classrooms on the top floor that were in much need of repair. Teachers Deb Spade, Mitch Spade, and Nola Milligan were the recipients of this repair work.
Mark Lamb, the new assistant principal, will have a main office adjacent to the lunch room area and another room in the high school’s main office.
To accommodate this change, student data specialist Janice Maddox will move her office to a former special education room, also near the lunch room.
Many of the classrooms and offices have had new carpet installed. The new carpet is a series of tiles instead of a continuous role. The idea of this is to make it easier to replace a carpet tile if one is stained or ruined.
New light fixtures in the classrooms are energy efficient and will pay for themselves in the long run, superintendent Loren Feldkamp said.
“I actually feel really good about where we’re headed,” he said about the progress, “We started planning this in February.”
Aside from the building, concerns over the football field have increased due to little moisture.
“We needed snow and rain because without it, the grass didn’t germinate. That’s what we’re battling right now,” Feldkamp said.
The field also had an ample supply of knot weed which had to be sprayed affecting the grass growth.
Feldkamp says that this is only the first step in repairing the field and track. In the future, he hopes to improve the track itself. He believes resurfacing the track will benefit the community who uses it and in the long run, will allow the school to host smaller track meets.
Overall, Feldkamp had a very positive attitude toward the summer projects.
“We’re very pleased with the progress and we’re ahead of schedule. The staff is great; they’re doing a great job of getting everything done,” he said, “I’ve also got a great guy, Tom Brown, who has helped us out greatly.”
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