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The remaking of Bernalillo High School begins

—Bill Diven

With the state basketball playoffs done, a contractor is moving onto the campus of Bernalillo High School to transform not just its appearance but its educational environment as well.

When the two phases of the $38 million dollar project are done in about two-and-a-half years, the gymnasium will be all that remains from buildings dating as far back as the 1940s.

“It’s an exciting project that’s been a long time coming,” Bernalillo Public Schools Superintendent Allan Tapia told the Signpost. “I believe all of the communities we serve with the high school are excited about the project, and I am grateful to the taxpayers… The kids we serve deserve a first-rate school.”

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was scheduled for March 27.

Voters last year approved borrowing through a bond issue to fund just over half of the construction with the rest coming from the state. HB Construction of Albuquerque won the project bid, and the district is hoping its subcontractors will employ local workers.

“We are told this is one of the largest projects in the state right now,” Tapia said.

The work includes a two-story, state-of-the-art classroom building with an open courtyard, a cafeteria, library, technical-education buildings, plus landscaping and better access. The committee working on aesthetics decided on facing the buildings with stucco and the stacked-stone features currently popular in residential and commercial construction.

Modern security features including cameras also are part of the upgrades.

To relieve the current traffic congestion, students and visitors will arrive from the south off U.S. Highway 550 and Spartan Alley, faculty from the west through Gate A on Camino del Pueblo, and buses through Gate B just to the north.

The classrooms, administration offices, and library will go up during the first phase of construction, which is expected to take about 14 months. After students and staff move in, the second phase begins with demolition of the old buildings and work on career and ed-tech classrooms, the cafeteria, and landscaping.

About eight hundred students now attend the school.

Scouts bring forward history

—Suzann Owings

“Touring historic places in Bernalillo is one aspect of our exploration of our heritage,” says Cub Master David Gardner.” For this reason, Pack 708 will be visiting the historic stage coach stop in Placitas and learn about that part of their history.

In April the pack will make a second visit to the Placitas art gallery, Arte de Placitas, in the Merc Center, as they work to fulfill the requirements for the Art belt loop. Another expedition in April will be a community hike, where the boys and their leaders continue in their physical fitness training and enhance their appreciation of our environment.

The Great American Clean-up next month will make good use of the boys’ training, as will scouting day camp from June 17 to June 20. As the boys grow and develop, new boys join the pack and begin also acquiring their belt loops for Good Manners and Citizenship.

Scout meetings occur at Carroll Elementary on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., and at Placitas Elementary School on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. To find out about the Pack’s next Planning Meeting and other Pack information, contact David Gardner at 867-4689.

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