APS plans several school makeovers

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools parents can expect several area schools to soon get makeovers, thanks to taxpayers.

The plans have been in the making for several years. The school board is set to approve about $20 million worth of renovations of four area schools.

All of the suggested changes come from professional architects and planners back in 2010.

“Between 2006 and 2012, we built over eight new schools. Now what we’re doing is more rejuvenation and rebuilding of 40- 50- 60-year-old schools,” said APS Capital Master Planner Kizipo Wijenj.

At Collete Park Elementary School, there are plans for new elementary and kindergarten classrooms, and an updated cafeteria.

At Douglas Macarthur Elementary, the idea is to build a new kindergarten building block, and an updated cafeteria as well.

West Mesa High School would get a classroom building rebuilt, and Reginald Chavez Elementary School would get new classrooms.

If approved, construction on Collette and MacArthur would begin in the next few months, and construction on West Mesa High School and Reginald Chavez Elementary School would start within the next year.

The APS board meeting to approve the plans will take place Wednesday night.

Officials say kids will still be able to attend school while construction takes place.

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