On June 19, 2017, Colorado City Unified School District’s Governing Board passed a resolution authorizing the district to pursue a bond election to fund a new gymnasium. According to Principal Shauna Hammon, “Our current facility can seat about 150 people safely during a competition. However, El Capitan’s home basketball games can draw crowds up to 300 people.” As the district’s sports program continues to grow, the administration projects they will need seating for 1000 fans.
The current gymnasium has served the entire valley for last 15 years. It has been used for local basketball leagues, volleyball leagues, and event rentals. With the increase in sports activity, the current gym is too small to meet the needs of the community. With additional facilities, the school would be able to include more students in its sports programs as well as accommodate additional community requests for facilities. Superintendent Carol Timpson states that the bond process is the mechanism that the state of Arizona has put in place to allow local district residents to choose to improve their school facilities. The district has had a school bond in place for 20 years that expires in 2017-18. On November 7th, voters will be asked whether they agree or disagree to allow the district to sell new school bonds for the construction of a gymnasium.