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Posted December 17, 2015

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APS Breaks Ground on New Music Building at Jefferson Mid-School

$6.05 million project will be completed in August 2016

APS students, officials break ground for Music Building

Albuquerque Public Schools has started construction on a new 9,766-square-foot music building that will serve students in grades 6-8 at Jefferson Middle School.

Students in the music program at Jefferson entertained those gathered for the ground breaking ceremonies this morning.

 The music building is just part of the site improvement projects that broke ground this morning at the school in Northeast Albuquerque. Other improvements include remodeling and renovation of the existing music building to provide space for art and adaptive PE classes, restrooms, and spaces for storage and mechanical systems. The project also includes demolition of the existing vocational program building.

“When it’s finished next fall, the music building will provide instructional space for band, orchestra and the award-winning “Rock & Rhythm” program at Jefferson,” said APS Chief Operations Officer Ruben Hendrickson. Jefferson currently serves 811 students.

Jefferson opened in 1939 and is the most recent of the district’s 142 schools to begin getting a makeover.

“We are committed to serving these students, and all students in the district, with learning facilities that are up-to-date and provide the best environment for teachers and students,” Hendrickson added.

Funding for the project was approved by voters in the 2013 G.O. Bond election.

“I want to thank voters for supporting Albuquerque’s students and schools,” APS Board of Education Member Barbara Petersen said. “The improvements to this school and at schools throughout Albuquerque would not be possible without the continued support of the community.”

APS Board of Education member Dr. David Peercy echoed Petersen’s remarks. “As a community we need to support our schools and our students and we are so thankful that the voters have done so,” Peercy said.

Dekker Perich Sabatini architects designed the project and Anchor Built is the general contractor.

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