IT was a beautiful morning. The soft clouds, the orange-colored skies from the sun rising in the east, and school children gathered at the corner waiting for the yellow school bus to arrive.
“It’s a great day to be a Moose,” Assistant Alamosa School Superintendent Luis Murillo said as he and Superintendent Diana Jones greeted students and parents on the first day of classes Tuesday morning.
“You are amazing,” Principal Lori Smith told students who participated in a ribbon-cutting for the new Alamosa Alternative High School and Alamosa Online School building on Victoria Avenue.
Smith welcomed 45 students to the new school. She was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony by Jones and Murillo. Mayor Ty Coleman and Alamosa School Board President Heidi Richardson also participated.
Alamosa High seniors showed up on campus at sunrise for the school’s traditional Senior Sunrise kickoff to the school year. Alamosa High has an estimated 640 students and the school district around 2,200 total students, by far the largest student enrollment in the Valley. Monte Vista, by comparison, has around 386 students in its high school and 1,074 students district-wide, while Centauri and North Conejos Schools have 350 high school students and just over 1,000 students in the school district.
Across town, Adams State classes began Monday. Centauri and other Valley schools began their school year last week.