Mountain Construction

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The Mountain Elementary School Systems Project is jointly funded by bond dollars and a capital outlay project award from the New Mexico Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). The scope of the project includes improvements to exterior sidewalks and stairs, accessibility, roofing, HVAC, and building egress as well as window replacement, security upgrades, and ADA restroom renovations.

Construction Updates

9/12/19:

  • Temporary fence being installed to continue working on utility trench. Fence will go up today 9/12/2019, Work will start Monday 9/16/2019, Fence will be removed 9/19/2019.

9/9/19:

  • The parking lot work started today. Temporary fencing will be put up. Today and over the next 2 weeks the contractor will be installing temporary power that will go to the portables and gravel for the temporary parking. Once that is done the contractor will move on to installing the portables.

8/20/19:

  • The 400 wing will also be closed from late September until January.
  • Looking at ways to be able to enter the building from the new parking lot that will be put in behind the 400 wing. The original idea of entering by the art room will not work while they do construction in the 400 wing. They will be starting this parking lot within the next couple of weeks.
  • The portables will be ready to move in at the end of September. (moved, hooked up, cleaned, etc.)
  • All wings will find places for Art to store supplies so that she is not trying to haul things up and down stairs.
  • 100 & 400 will be done by the end of January. All displaced classes will move back in.
  • 200 wing will move to portables in January/February, and construction in that wing will begin.

Letter to Mountain Families

Mountain Families,

It is almost time for school to start! Summer flew by and things were busy at Mountain.

Mountain is getting some much needed upgrades as a part of a state systems award and safety grant. This money, along with matching funds for the district, will pay for heating and cooling systems in all classrooms, important electrical upgrades, updating restrooms, roofing repairs, enclosing the breezeway and stairs by primary wing, installing security cameras, addressing access control issues, new locks, and several other projects to ensure that our school is a safe and comfortable learning environment.

Work is underway to get these important projects completed. This summer, asbestos abatement was completed in the 5th and 6th grade classrooms. We passed all air quality tests and were approved to move on to the next stage of construction.

In order to complete some phases of construction, we will have to move students into portable classrooms for part of the year. The construction plan was carefully designed to create minimal disruption to students. Portable classrooms will arrive in mid September and will be ready to occupy at the end of September.

Originally, we had planned to start the year with grades 5 and 6 in their usual classrooms. After looking at the rooms and meeting with the construction company, State Fire Marshall, school administration, and teachers, we made the decision to start the school year with 5th and 6th grade students in other spaces in the school. We believe this is the safest path forward that ensures classes will have the least disruptive and most comfortable learning environments. I was very impressed with the way the Mountain staff came together and developed a great plan for meeting student needs and making sure students have the best learning environments from the first day of school! This is an incredible staff!

The main hallway (100 wing) will be closed for construction. We will be temporarily relocating the office, counselor, nurse, ELL, and 5th and 6th grade classes until portable classrooms arrive. 5th and 6th grade classes will be using other large spaces including the front two portables, music room, art room, and library as regular classroom space. The office will be relocated to some of the special education classrooms. They will have clear signs to direct you to the office. Gifted and special education teachers have worked together to identify other appropriate spaces to use for instruction. We are confident that we have a good plan for students and teachers. This is a short term situation for about 6 weeks then 5/6 grade classes will move into the portable classrooms and special classes will return to their rooms. The teachers worked together to create plans and share spaces and resources. For the first few weeks, Art, music and library will provide instruction in the classrooms.

All other classes (grades K-4) will be in their regular classrooms. Every grade level will be set up and ready for students by Meet the Teacher on August 14 at 2:30. The first day of school is August 15. We will be ready!

Construction in the 100 wing will be completed in March and we will move to the next phase. All construction and upgrades are scheduled to be complete by August 2020. You will received detailed information before each phase of construction and throughout the process.

I know the idea of construction may be a little confusing and stressful. Please know that your children and their safety and learning are our top priority. All the decisions that are made are done so with the student needs at the top of the list. We are confident that we will continue to maintain the safe, highly effective, nurturing environment that you expect and continue to provide all services students require. This may even provide great learning opportunities and conversations for students about the process and changes at the school.

Mrs. Kieltyka will host a parent information meeting on Monday, August 12 at 5:30 in the Mountain Gym to give you an update on construction. We will have the appropriate people on hand to answer any questions that you have. Student class placements will not be given out at this meeting.

The district is committed to making this a smooth process. Please feel free to contact Jennifer Kieltyka at 663-2335 or myself (Jennifer Guy) at 663-2228 anytime.

I hope you all have a wonderful school year!

Jennifer Guy

Assistant Superintendent

Los Alamos Public Schools