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APS schools get summer upgrades

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Students went back to school this month and some returned to spruced-up facilities.

Among them is La Cueva High School’s new $12.5 million special needs support wing and physical education addition, which was unveiled Thursday.

bright spotThat wing includes custom classrooms, an enclosed outdoor area, restrooms and offices.

And its gym also got a revamp with a new weight room, which replaces the existing weight room as it became a multipurpose PE space.

It also saw upgrades to the locker rooms, including new lockers.

That project, which RMKM Architecture and Thompson Construction worked on, took about four years to complete from the preliminary design stages to the grand opening.

La Cueva isn’t the only school that was the home to some projects.

Over the summer, nine other schools saw thousands of dollars put into their facilities, too.

While the projects ranged across the district, and included elementary, middle and high schools, the scope of the work was similar. Facility upgrades, flooring, new paint and furniture were common expenses.

In total, Albuquerque Public Schools spent about $2.4 million on the projects, according to its capital master plan summer upgrades summary.

The summary says 30 percent of the money went toward schools that were labeled by the state as in need of more rigourous intervention, or MRI. They are:

• Hawthorne Elementary School: $567,118.45

• Whittier Elementary School: $89,779.94

• Los Padillas Elementary School: $80,101.61.