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Posted January 12, 2016

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APS Opens New Kinder Classrooms at Comanche Elementary

$4.5 million project added six classrooms, administration offices

Albuquerque Public Schools celebrated the opening of five new kindergarten classrooms, as well as a new art room and administration offices at Comanche Elementary today.

The new classroom addition also includes a demonstration kitchen and was completed last month. The cost for the project was $4.5 million, which also included a new health center and playgrounds for kindergarteners and older students was paid for with funds generated by capital projects elections in 2005, 2007 and 2010.

Comanche Principal Cheryl Wheeler said the new classrooms are a welcome addition to the school, which serves about 413 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. “Students and teachers were very happy to move into the new classrooms just before the winter break,” she said. Comanche Elementary opened in 1966.

Administrative staff moved into their renovated and expanded office space over the Thanksgiving break in November. The new administrative area includes expanded offices, a community room for parents and a student health center.

“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,” said APS Chief Operations Officer Ruben Hendrickson.

“I want to thank voters for supporting Albuquerque’s students and schools and to encourage them to vote in the upcoming election on Feb. 2,” Hendrickson added. “The improvements to this school and those at schools throughout Albuquerque would not be possible without the continued support of the community.”

APS Board of Education President Dr. Don Duran said that the district and the community need to take care of their “treasured past.” “We also need to take care of our young people and make sure they have the best learning facilities possible,” Duran added.

PA Architects designed the project and T.A. Cole & Sons was the general contractor.

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