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RISD to begin process to demolish Del Norte

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Juno Ogle Photo The old Del Norte Elementary School, 2701 N. Garden Ave., is tentatively scheduled for demolition in July. The new elementary school is on schedule to be completed in August, according to Chad Cole, Roswell Independent School District assistant superintendent of finance and operations.

The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education will consider beginning the process that will lead to demolishing the old Del Norte Elementary School when it meets next week.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave. Due to state health orders regarding the coronavirus, only the board president will be in the conference room while other board members will attend via conference call.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the RISD YouTube channel. Anyone wishing to speak during the inquiries and comments portion of the meeting should contact the superintendent’s office at 575-627-2511 by 4 p.m. Monday.

Those wishing to speak will receive a phone call during the meeting. They will be given three minutes to speak.

Among the action items on the agenda is a request for approval from the New Mexico Public Education Department for property disposition for Del Norte Elementary.

The request is basically a formality in disposing of the building and many of its contents, Chad Cole, RISD assistant superintendent for finance and operations, said.

“It’s a process. First thing you do is take to your school board, have them authorize it, and then we send that up (to) the state auditor’s office,” Cole said.

“We’re doing it right and doing it properly, given some of the issues we had with fixed assets in the previous year, making sure that it is documented well and done well and done correctly,” he said.

Last fall, controversy arose when old artificial turf from the Wool Bowl was allowed to be distributed to the community — including then Superintendent Dr. Ann Lynn McIlroy — rather than being used at other district facilities or disposed through public auction.

Sealed bids will be taken for the demolition, according to the information in the agenda packet. Cole said the demolition is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first two weeks of July and should take two to three weeks to complete.

Some of the furniture from the old school that is still in good condition will be moved to the new building, which is on schedule to be opened in August, Cole said. Usable furniture will also go to the grade school expansion of the charter school, Sidney Gutierrez Middle School. The rest will be stored for a future auction. Items such as outdated technology will be disposed of.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the board will consider contracts for Hamil Transportation and Pollard Bus Co. for athletic and activity trips and student transportation. The board will also hear recommendations for food service bids.

There will also be second readings on policy changes regarding military leave for staff, graduation requirements, open enrollment and student interrogations, searches and arrests.

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City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.