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Cheers and fanfare for school opening

The new Falcon High School hosted a grand opening and dedication ceremony Oct. 27 to the excitement of the students, district and community.Two former board of education members – past president Carol Chapman and Mark Shook – received special recognition for their hard work and vision. Several other community members, past district employees and business groups were recognized as well.Guest speaker Dwight D. Jones, Colorado commissioner of education, congratulated the district and community for coming together for the sake of the students. Jones also noted that District 49 rates second in the state for narrowing the achievement gap for minority students.With the passage of the November 2005 mill levy, construction of the 176,000-square-foot building was completed in a little more than a year. The new high school sits on 70 acres, with facilities to accommodate football, baseball, soccer and track and field. The building was designed using “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” guidelines, which means a significant cost savings to taxpayers. For example, the consumption of irrigation water has been reduced 50 percent, domestic water consumption 20 percent and energy consumption 40 percent.The school incorporated state-of-the-art technology, communications and security systems.The New Falcon High School is located at 10255 Lambert Road. The old high school will reopen after winter break as the new Falcon Middle School.

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