New Spaces Await APS Students as Classes Start Aug. 13
Superintendent describes ‘best possible learning environments.’
August 6, 2012
Albuquerque Public Schools shared a list of facilities that will be used on the first day of school for the first time when classes begin Aug. 13. Superintendent Winston Brooks discussed building additions, renovations and rebuilds, including the new Del Norte High School.
“This is a 280,000-square-foot building with incredible new science and computer labs and a beautiful media center that replaces a building that opened in 1964,” Brooks said. “Students have moved into new facilities all over Albuquerque and we’re proud to provide the best possible learning environments.”
In the next phase of construction at Del Norte, much of the old building will be removed beginning in early September. That will make way for a new fine and industrial arts building, kitchen and cafeteria, soccer field and parking lot. The entire project is scheduled for completion by fall 2014.
Among other newly completed work:
- Atrisco Heritage Academy High School—12th grade academy, performing arts center, JROTC and culinary arts academies, greenhouse;
- Hoover Middle School—Cafeteria and kitchen, upgraded gym and locker room;
- Truman Middle School—16-classroom addition that replaces many portables;
- Zuni Elementary—Classroom addition, cafeteria and kitchen renovations; and
- Wherry Elementary—Classroom addition, kindergarten playground, also likely funding from the federal government for a school rebuild.
APS is preparing for a capital improvements election scheduled for February 5, 2013. Like the funds that were overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2010, there will be no increase in taxes. The general obligation bond election scheduled for 2014 is being combined with the one in February to accelerate project timelines and save an estimated $350,000 that it costs to hold an election.
“We are grateful to the voters of the Albuquerque community for their continued support,” Brooks said.