Kirt­land school ready for year

Albuquerque Journal - - EDUCATION -

KIRT­LAND — Kinder­garten teacher Kali Warner was putting the fin­ish­ing touches on her class­room early last week so it would be ready to wel­come stu­dents to the new Judy Nel­son El­e­men­tary School.

Teach­ers and staff mem­bers used the winter break to move into the new 94,882-square­foot build­ing that will house ap­prox­i­mately 595 stu­dents from kinder­garten through sixth grade.

There were days when Warner spent eight hours un­pack­ing boxes that were de­liv­ered from the por­ta­ble build­ing she taught in be­hind Grace B. Wil­son El­e­men­tary School.

The new school was built on the site of the old Ruth N. Bond El­e­men­tary School, which was de­mol­ished in 2015.

Warner taught at Ruth N. Bond, and her 18 stu­dents would watch con­struc­tion of the new build­ing from their class­room in the por­ta­ble build­ing.

“It’s nice to have match­ing fur­ni­ture. At Ruth N. Bond, it was a hodge­podge of what we could find,” she said.

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