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Posted December 1, 2015

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APS Breaks Ground New Classrooms at Marie Hughes Elementary

$21.9 million project will be completed in December 2016

Students help break ground for new Marie Hughes buildings

Albuquerque Public Schools has started construction on a new 53,000-square foot classroom building that will serve students in grades kindergarten through 5th at Marie Hughes Elementary.

The two-story classroom building is just part of $21.9 million in site improvement projects that broke ground this afternoon at the school in Northwest Albuquerque. Other improvements include new administrative offices, a new media center, computer labs and music and art spaces, as well as a new cafeteria/kitchen and new mini-gym.

“When it’s finished in December of next year, this totally re-built school will provide the innovations in architectural design to assure that students and teachers are able to take advantage of leading edge instructional practices,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. Marie Hughes currently serves some 534 students.

Marie Hughes was opened in 1980 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,” Reedy added.

Funding for the project was approved by voters in the 2010 mill levy election and the 2013 G.O. Bond election.

“I want to thank voters for supporting Albuquerque’s students and schools,” Reedy said. “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 member Dr. David Peercy echoed Reedy’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.

A second phase of the project will include demolition of the existing classroom building and removal of some 20 portable classrooms. A new loop road for student drop-off and pick-up and a new bus drop-off area will be added as well.

G. Don Dudley Architect designed the project and Jaynes Corp. is the general contractor.

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