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Amphi moves ahead with work

It's spent about $20M of $180M bonds approved by voters

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Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:25 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Amphitheater School District has spent $20 million to update its facilities since a $180 million bond issue was approved by voters in late 2007.

The district is ready to spend another $29 million in its next phase, according to finance director Scott Little.

While some of current construction started in December and January, it's being wrapped up during the summer months. Workers have been diligently updating, remodeling and constructing new facilities for students' return in August.

Covered outdoor walkways at Canyon Del Oro High School have been completely replaced at a cost near $300,000. Restroom restoration is also taking place in the CDO multi-purpose room and fine arts buildings.

La Cima Middle School classroom additions are nearly 65 percent complete. The construction is replacing eight portable classrooms with 9,000 square feet of permanent classroom space, including two science classrooms and six general education rooms.

Amphitheater has also added an approximately 5,100-square-foot library and community space building on the La Cima campus, according to documents provided by the district.

Construction at La Cima Middle School is expected to be completed mid-October, hopefully to coincide with the district's fall intercession Oct. 12 -16. Students would move into their new classrooms after the weeklong break, said William Stratton, the district's spokesman.

Construction on Coronado K-8's health office has begun. Demolition of the previous health office, underground mechanical work and pouring of the foundation has been completed. Construction of the exterior walls is under way.

Architectural drawings plans have been submitted for construction at numerous other campuses within the district.

At Ironwood Ridge High School, the district is planning to build eight classrooms. The district is also looking to import six portable classrooms from Amphitheater High School. The parking lot at the Land Lab will soon be resurfaced. The district is also looking to replace the stairs in the two-story classroom building at Walker Elementary. And the bleachers will be replaced and the gym floor repaired in the east gym at Amphi High School. Nearly every school is looking to add campus security fencing, according to documents provided by the district.

The $180 million was passed in late 2007 by a 62-38 margin, according to a Pima County Elections summary report.

The $180 million Amphitheater School District bond is to be used for:

Constructing school buildings

Renovating school buildings

Purchasing pupil transportation vehicles

Purchasing or leasing school lots

Improving school grounds

$46 million will go toward building a new middle school and elementary school.

There is $1.115 million for security fencing, $9.605 million for modernizing and adding ADA compliant restrooms, $564,520 for parking lots and bus loading improvements, and $3.47 million for kitchen and cafeteria improvements.

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