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Posted December 4, 2012

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Construction Begins on ‘New’ Sandia High School

Math and science classroom building first piece of rebuilding puzzle

Below: Groundbreaking for Sandia included students, Supt. Winston Brooks, Principal Katy Harvey and Commissioner Wayne Johnson.

Albuquerque Public Schools has begun the rebuilding of Sandia High School, marking the occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony at the school on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

“With the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program scheduled to be in place next fall, this is the perfect time to begin the total rebuild of Sandia High School,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “Sandia opened 54 years ago, so its buildings are well beyond the average age of an APS building, which is 45 years. We’re committed to restoring and upgrading our older schools.” 

The $22.3 million project includes a new math and science classroom building, new library and reconstructed athletic fields. Landscaping and infrastructure upgrades also are part of the first phase. The project is expected to be completed in about a year. 

Sandia is expected to become the first APS school to bring in the internationally renowned IB program next fall. Though it will be housed at Sandia, all qualified students from around Albuquerque are invited and encouraged to participate in this rigorous academic program. 

“Our faculty and school community are excited to see construction beginning on our state-of-the-art science and math academy and the other projects,” Sandia Principal Katy Harvey said. “It’s very timely with the addition of the IB Program. [The evaluation team] visiting in March will be looking specifically at whether our facilities for science are adequate, and these will be.” 

Sandia opened in 1958 and has a current enrollment of nearly 1,900 students. Mahlman Studio designed the project and HB Construction, Inc., serves as the general contractor. 

APS will be asking voters to go to the polls to approve bond and mil levy funding for capital improvements in an election scheduled for Feb. 5, 2013.

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