Celebrating C-wing
RAMS gets $3.2 million facelift, new classrooms, state-of-the-art equipment

Monica Mendoza
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Every school day, up on the second floor of the C-wing in Ramstein
American Middle School, children make music, prepare culinary delights
on state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and work on high-tech video
productions. Their classrooms were specially designed for their work.

And for a moment Oct. 14, they paused briefly to celebrate their work
space, to applaud those construction crews who made a section of their
46-year-old school new and modern.

The C-wing at RAMS opened to students and teachers at the start of this
school year, but the $3.2 million construction project was officially
celebrated Oct. 14, by school and military officials, teachers, parents
and students.
“It’s a great place, built with the intent of providing certain
instruction,” said Ms. Nancy Hammack, RAMS principal. “We now have what
are deemed state-of-the-art classrooms.”

And so, the band played and the choir sang and the Kaiserslautern
District of Department of Defense Dependent Schools superintendent
Lawanna Mangleburg and Col. Philip Bossert, co-chairperson of RAMS
school advisory committee cut a blue and white ribbon over the door to
symbolize the building’s opening.
Construction chiefs from URS Group, Bilfinger and Berger and LBB were
thanked for their good work. And the PTSA passed out treats for

“This is the first renovation the school has undergone since it was built,” Mrs. Mangleburg said.

The long-awaited construction project did two things: it renovated old
classrooms and it added a second floor of new classrooms. It took
nearly a year to complete the project and now the middle school pupils
have more elbow room in the hallways and more classroom space for
specialty classes such as band, art and technology.

Construction crews made good use of the existing space, said Mr.
Raynard Eddings, RAMS assistant principal. He points to wheel-chair
ramps, an expanded nurse’s office and outlets for future technological

“If we had a before and after shot, like on the home-maker over shows, you wouldn’t recognize it,” he said.

Eddings said he hopes a second-phase of construction will be approved for the main building.