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Bernalillo Public School District upgrades athletic facilities

Bernalillo Public Schools has announced that students, teachers, and parents can look forward to the completion of important upgrades to many athletic facilities within the district. At Santo Domingo School, the gymnasium, originally built in 1958, is scheduled to be completely renovated by mid-November. At Bernalillo High School, four tennis courts are currently under construction, and work on a new track will begin on November 1, 2008.

Superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder said, “We are very excited to share this news with the public. These new facilities are a big deal for the District! At Bernalillo High School (BHS), we have not been able to host a track meet in over fourteen years. The new track will include seven lanes, a new long jump, triple jump, pole vault, and high jump areas, and will be built in BHS school colors. A girls’ tennis program was implemented two years ago and the girls were practicing and having games at Bernalillo Middle School. Clearly, the new facilities are long overdue!”

The new tennis courts will be state-of-the-art, with bleachers, benches, and covered canopies. The renovations to the Santo Domingo Gymnasium include: removal and replacement of roof decking; a new roof; refurbishing the basketball/volleyball court; replacement of windows; and replacement of heaters. The new gym floor will include new wood, a school logo at center court, wall pads with the school logo, and new seven-hundred-seat capacity bleachers, also in the school colors.

Mr. Allan Tapia, Executive Director of Secondary Education, said "The BPS School Board of Education is to be commended for having the insight to renovate and build these sporting facilities." He further stated that the citizens of the District are also to be thanked for passing bonds to fund the projects. The real winners are, of course, the students.

Principal of Santo Domingo School, Susan Neddeau, said, “While the ordeal is inconvenient in the short-term, we are confident that our gymnasium renovations will result in a multi-use facility for both the school and the community. The new gym will be a place in which the community and the students can take a great deal of pride.”






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