By Tony Parra
The Dora Municipal Schools buildings are going through a facelift and teachers and administrators are anxious to settle into the building.
One of the major aspects of the construction project is a new 16,470-square-foot addition which will join together the high school and elementary buildings. The area between the high school and elementary buildings was previously open space.
“We’re excited about moving into the new building,” Steve Barron, Dora Municipal Schools superintendent, said. “We’re anxious to have all of the construction completed. Our staff has done a great job during the transition. We’ve succeeded so far.”
The new addition will have three classrooms, library, two library offices, superintendent’s office, school board meeting room, business manager’s office and storage rooms. There will be special education and physical therapy rooms on the west portion of the new addition.
Herrick Allen, DSA construction superintendent for the project, said there are 16 rooms, not counting any of the bathrooms. DSA, Inc., is a construction-management firm out of Cleburne, Texas.
Allen said he has 15 to 20 workers on the project and wants the first phase, completion of the new addition, completed by February. School administrators originally wanted the first phase completed by December. Herrick said weather issues have pushed the date back.
Allen said he would like to have completion of the second phase, remodeling of the elementary and high school buildings by June. While the elementary is under construction, students are in classes in buildings next to the Ag shop, community building and fire department.
Patsy Ward, Dora librarian, said the current library will be used for ITV (Interactive Television) courses and computer labs. Ward said the new library will have 10 to 12 computers with workstations for the students.
“We’re definitely ready to move in,” Ward said. “It’s going to be so much better. Teaching is going on still despite some of the hurdles we’ve had to jump over.”
Barron commended the teachers and staff for their help during the transition and construction projects.
The school district received $2 million from the Public School Facilities Authority of New Mexico for the new building.
Allen said DSA construction management workers have built similar projects for Roy Municipal Schools, Deming Public Schools and Mosquero Municipal Schools.