Bridges High School’s 20th anniversary and ribbon cutting ceremony set for Nov 3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2017
Bridges High School is hosting a community celebration for its 20th anniversary and to showcase the school’s recently completed major renovation. Students, staff, alumni, parents, and community members are invited to this celebration on Friday, November 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Come learn about the school’s history, check out the school’s new spaces, enjoy local music from Electric Lemon and food catered by Asie.
The Bridges remodel project was one of the 19 school district projects completed as part of the voter-approved $122 million bond issue. The bulk of the work at Bridges High School was completed this summer--a short timeline for the incredible transformation that took place. The renovation created a central common space surrounded by great classrooms and support areas, as well as a new space for the Ready for the World program.
Bridges High School Principal, Lyn Bair, expressed the school’s excitement over its newly renovated spaces: “Bridges has been housed in a lot of spaces over the years. This is the first time we have a new space designed specifically for our program.”
Bridges was originally housed in the old Glenwood Springs Middle School (now a wing of the high school) and held only in the evening. Throughout the years, Bridges has been housed at Colorado Mountain College on Blake Avenue; the district’s career center; and what is now Third Street Center after Crystal River Elementary School moved to its current facility.
With the opportunity to design its spaces for the first time, the Bridges design team was able to renovate the school with the school’s mission in mind. Bridges started as a recovery program for at-risk students who had dropped out of school or were struggling at their current school. Bair, who started as the school’s second principal 13 years ago, noted that the school recently went through a restructuring plan to return to its roots--that of serving those students who need more intensive support services.
“The renovation was an especially incredible opportunity for us because of our recent work to restructure our school program,” Bair explained. “Every element of our new school was carefully planned to best support the work that we do.”