Newly constructed Vale Middle School is ready for students

The middle school gym can seat 1,000 community members, making it the largest community space in Vale. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

VALE — The end of carefree summer days can be difficult for students, but the blow may be cushioned for 120 Vale middle schoolers who will start this school year in a new building.

Construction of the new Vale Middle School started in March of last year after voters approved an $8 million bond to go with $4 million from the state. The completed project cost $10.3 million. 

“We’ve definitely stayed within our budget,” Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent, said. “We’ve been fortunate.”

The school is on a 38,000-square-foot campus and features eight classrooms, a “sophisticated” science lab, a wrestling room, a gymnasium and a media center.  . . .