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RISD board to hear about future construction projects

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Mesa Middle School, 1601 E. Bland St., along with Nancy Lopez Elementary School, 1208 E. Bland St., are the next construction projects for Roswell Independent School District. The RISD Board of Education will hear plans for the two schools at Tuesday afternoon’s meeting. (Juno Ogle Photo)

With the new Del Norte Elementary School ready to open, Roswell Independent School District will turn its attention to its next construction projects — Mesa Middle School and Nancy Lopez Elementary School.

The RISD Board of Education will hear about those projects from Construction Coordinator Mac Rogers when it meets for a regular meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky.

Only board members and a small number of support staff will be in attendance due to the state’s health order. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

Mesa Middle School, ranked by the state as third-highest priority among K-12 public schools projects, will undergo a $16.3 million renovation and addition.

The 69,789 square-foot school, built in 1958, is too small and outdated to meet current student and staff needs, according to the district’s facilities master plan. The school has used several portable classroom buildings to accommodate more than 500 students.

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Huitt-Zollars Inc., Albuquerque, was awarded the design contract in 2019. The firm designed Parkview Early Literacy Center.

Chad Cole, RISD assistant superintendent for finance and operations, said the design phase is nearly complete and the district expects to seek general contractor bids in October or November with an eye on construction beginning in January.

The Nancy Lopez Elementary renovation is estimated at $10.1 million. Cole said the education specifications for that school are nearly complete, and then the district will seek bids for the design phase.

Both will be funded from the $16 million in General Obligation bonds approved by voters in February 2015. The state will match 71% of each project, or $11.6 million for Mesa and $7.2 million for Nancy Lopez. RISD will pay $4.7 million for Mesa and $2.9 million for Nancy Lopez.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda, the board will hear from Jennifer Cole, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, on a donation from First Book. The nonprofit educational support organization is donating 350 Chromebooks, more than 200 LEGO education sets for kindergarten through eighth grade and $4,000 to subsidize the cost of providing internet access.

Pilar Carrasco, interim principal of Roswell High School, will request a grant to help improve baseball field lights.

The board will also consider approval of inventory lists for fixed assets, obsolete equipment for disposal, and for transfer of $8,335 in furniture to Sidney Gutierrez Schools for use in the charter school’s new elementary building.

Superintendent Mike Gottlieb will report on district finance and give a back-to-school update.

The board will also discuss its retreat and the vacancy in District 3 created by the resignation last week of Alan Gedde. The board is taking applications in the form of a letter of interest, resume and three references through Friday.

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