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Rendering of the proposed main entrance for Bernalillo High School

Bernalillo High to build new campus

—Evan A. Belknap

In January of 2014, Bernalillo High School (BPS) will start work on a completely new campus. The project will cost 44.5 million dollars—money that will come from BHS bonds, and the Public School Capital Outlay Program, which will be paying for 46 percent of the project. The three-phase construction process will take about three years and will turn the aged, nine-building conglomerate into a more condensed and functional three-building campus, while maintaining the same number of students. In an interview with the Signpost, Superintendent Allan Tapia said, “The current school has really been piecemealed over the years,” with the earliest building having been built in the Fourties.

The design of the new school is “high-visibility,” meaning that there will be fewer nooks and crannies for any potential trouble making, says Tapia. It will be built in accordance with “green standards” and will be much more efficient than the original school. It will have a two-story building with classrooms, a black box theater, cafeteria, library, and administration offices. The library will be on the second floor, facing the Sandia Mountains, with floor–to-ceiling windows.

A second new structure will become the school’s Career Technical Education building that will house auto shop, culinary arts, welding, robotics, and film production programs. There will be a courtyard with outdoor seating.

Tapia said that he hopes that the school will continue to be a community hub for continuing education. BHS will continue to offer dual-credit opportunities, and even expand on the number of college classes available, potentially offering night classes through their partnership with CNM and UNM West. Tapia wanted to emphasize that BHS is open to the community. There have been many improvements to the athletic facilities in the last few years, including a brand new track and increased seating in the stadium and around the baseball diamonds. The new campus will be even more inviting, and ideally, an even greater asset to Bernalillo.

Cub Master Dave Gardner instructs scouts Photo credit: Susann Owings

Cub Scout pack helps others

—Susann Owings

“The Pack has almost doubled in size,” reports Cub Master David Gardner of Pack 708. Fortunately, additional leaders have come forward to help at the cub scouts meetings at Carrroll Elementary on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., and at Placitas Elementary School on Fridays also at 3:00 p.m. 

This month the Scouts will join with their sponsoring club the Coronado Optimist Club in a Thanksgiving Food Drive. 

“Look for yellow collection boxes beginning October 15,” says Venus Sanford, COC’s president. “In Bernalillo, Placitas and northern Rio Rancho each Friday through November 15, we will collect the cans from the yellow boxes. Before Thanksgiving we will deliver the food throughout our community as we all give thanks.”

Monetary donations to the Coronado Optimist Club also are accepted to help supplement the cans with fresh and baked goods.

Please, too, look for your scouts as they sell popcorn and Interstate alkaline batteries to pay for their registrations, outings, and summer day camp.

Volunteering at the Balloon Fiesta is another fundraising opportunity for the pack. Adults may help mornings or evenings. The money they earn will go to the scouts.

For further details, contact Venus Sanford, (505) 242-6962, with the Coronado Optimist Club, or Tori Tafoya, 414-1885.

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