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Posted December 9, 2014

APS Opens New Classrooms, Kitchen at Dolores Gonzales Elementary

Project also includes new art/music room, renovated cafeteria

Dolores Gonzales Elementary students sang in both English and Spanish as the school celebrated the opening of a new classroom wing.

[Albuquerque, NM]—The Albuquerque Public Schools celebrated the opening of five new kindergarten classrooms, 10 regular classrooms, a music/fine arts classroom and a renovated cafeteria and kitchen this morning at the school at Dolores Gonzales Elementary, 900 Atlantic St. S.W.

      The $8 million project was completed earlier this fall and opened to the 421 students at Dolores Gonzales. Included in the project are more than 21,000-square-feet of new or remodeled space that houses the kindergarten and general education classrooms, an art and music room, a renovated and expanded kitchen and cafeteria with bathrooms and storage, as well as a new roof and a playground with a separate play area for kindergarteners.

      APS Board of Education President Dr. Analee Maestas and APS Superintendent Brad Winter welcomed students and their families as they show off the new and renovated spaces.

      Principal Lori Stuit said that the students and staff were very excited to be using their new learning spaces after the disruption caused by the construction. “Parents and students adapted well to the changes that took place while they were building the new classrooms. A new building is like a baby, it doesn’t just appear, it takes nine to 12 months to complete,” Stuit said.

      Maestas said the new building and renovations were a dream of the community for about the past 20 years. “So it is exciting to see the brand new facility,” she said.

      Students at Dolores Gonzales, which is a dual-language school, began the celebration by singing in both English (“We are Grateful”) and Spanish (“Gracias a ti”). Students then led parents and other visitors on a tour of their new facilities.

      Thompson Construction was the general contractor on the project and Westwork Architects was in charge of the project’s design.