APS Update on Facilities Ranking

APS Update on Facilities Ranking
Posted on 12/13/2017
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APS Update on Facilities Ranking

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Alamogordo Public Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution to support revision to the APS Facility Master Plan. This revision reflects an updated priority of schools to be constructed. The original Facility Master Plan placed Chaparral Middle School as the next priority for schools to be renovated or replaced. However, in light of the latest New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA) state-wide school ranking of facility conditions, Holloman Elementary School has been determined to be in greater need of replacement. This ranking list is determined by many factors but include, age of facility, capacity, health/life safety issues, structural issues and others.

This list, known as the New Mexico Conditions Index (NMCI) is a statutory guideline for the determination of the facilities that the state agency will participate in assisting in funding. Currently, the state participates in funding for renovation and replacement of facilities at Alamogordo Public Schools at a rate of 67%. So, it is important that the District periodically align our Facility Master Plan with the state NMCI ranking when necessary to capitalize on the funding available.

When the Facility Master Plan was developed during the 2013-2014 school year, Chaparral Middle School was ranked higher than Holloman Elementary School. This ranking at the time, led the District to prioritize Chaparral Middle School over Holloman Elementary School. However, over time, the state-wide conditions ranking has shifted.

This shift in rankings has facilitated the APS Board of Education to re-evaluate our current list of priorities to maximize the opportunity to develop construction funding from the state in an effort to support our kids. This shift does not remove any facility from our list of priorities, it only switches the order in which they will be constructed. Over the last seven years, the District has been very aggressive in their efforts to replace and renovate school facilities to provide quality learning environments for our children. These two projects are extremely important to Alamogordo Public Schools and the City of Alamogordo.

With the approval of the revision to the APS Facility Master Plan and the funding support of the New Mexico Public School Capital Outlay Council, it is anticipated that work on the Holloman Elementary School Educational Specifications will begin in mid-December and be completed in April 2018. Design will follow immediately and construction could begin as early as January 2019. Students attending Holloman Elementary School would be in the new building in August 2020. In the meantime, the District anticipates the Educational Specifications for Chaparral Middle School to begin in the Spring of 2019, immediately followed by design. Construction of the replacement for Chaparral Middle School could possibly begin in January 2021. The new middle school would be open for operation by August 2023.

For more information regarding the APS Facilities Master Plan, please contact APS Executive Director of Schools, Vance Lee, at (575) 812-6014.

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