And the band played on…
Local school board members were relieved to hear Monday that the new Aspen Middle School, which is under construction and expected to be ready in the fall of 2007, will be opening with a music and choir classroom.During a board meeting Monday night, board president Laura Kornasiewicz announced that she had received a call from an unnamed parent with a child at Aspen Middle School who had demanded to know why there would be no classroom for band or choir in the new school.”He was steamed,” she told her fellow board members, and then asked Superintendent Diana Sirko and AMS Principal Paul Canning for an explanation.Both Sirko and Canning, however, said the parent was misinformed, and there will be a classroom for band and choral classes. They drew a diagram on a blackboard of the new school’s outline, and pointed to exactly where in the new building the classroom would be.”Good,” declared Kornasiewicz. “I’m glad we have a band room.”Sirko cited a report from the district’s “owner representative,” Dave Detwiler, indicating the current status of work on the middle school.According to Detwiler’s report, the structural steel framing for the new school is about 35 percent complete, and is scheduled to be finished by end of December. He reported that the foundations for the entire L-shaped building, which is being constructed around the existing middle school, are nearly finished and the second-floor decks are being poured for the classroom wing.Up next, according to the report, will be work on the middle school stairways, and roof installation will begin “in the next week or so.”Detwiler also reported that the brick facade of the classrooms addition to the Aspen Elementary School building is 90 percent complete: All the new windows are installed, the drywall is hung, and the “rough-in” of mechanical and electrical systems is finished. The elementary school is on schedule to open around Christmas.John Colson’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Amid the pre-Thanksgiving gloom of grim pandemic news here in Aspen, across Colorado and the mountain west came a small but significant dose of hope in the unlikely form of an Aspen Music Festival and School announcement.