ReChartered for 5 More Years, New Building Set to Open In 2015-2016

December 17, 2014


Photos by Miranda Wachtler

Photos by Miranda Wachtler

By Jordan Hines
Saturday’s “Come Build With Us” event brought together scholars, project managers, board members, and friends of the Academy to recognize the progress ASK has made over its five years, as well as celebrate the school’s charter renewal for an additional five years with no conditions. A 3D model of the new ASK building was also unveiled.
During the event, Project Managers Paul Stephenson and Daniel Barbour acknowledged the individuals who have supported the institution from day one.
Several other speakers went on to share their praises of the school. General Manager Paul Reeves described how he got involved with the Academy, and how he went from being skeptical of the vision of the Academy, to a firm believer that ASK is pushing that vision in the right way.

Steve Nakamura, the contractor for the construction of the new building, spoke of his experiences with the task so far and is pleased to be working on a project with such a great philosophy behind it: education is first and foremost about students.

Rio Rancho Mayor Gregory Hull and State Representative Paul Pacheco were both in attendance, and discussed the need for charter schools, explaining that The ASK Academy is an exemplary reason why. According to Daryl Lee, the board president who also spoke at the event, the need is there because students entering fields of study leading to high-paying jobs are sorely under prepared. He said ASK is preparing students to be ready to go into the professional world of engineering and science.

People at the event had the opportunity to see ASK’s 3D printer in action as it printed “ASK Cubes,” which were available to order. Attendees could also purchase a brick that would be built into the foyer floor of the new building. Names or messages could be inscribed into the brick and were being sold for either $100 or $500, depending on the size of the  brick.

As the model was presented, scholars were asked to come to the front of the crowd as a reminder that the building and school is all about them.

Photo by Miranda Wachtler

Photo by Miranda Wachtler

 The Academy is in the process of closing on a $6 million deal for approximately 40,000 square feet on six acres of land, located on Sundt Boulevard. Barbour said the building will include engineering labs, CAD labs, science labs, a microbiology lab, and general classrooms that will accommodate a capacity of 600 scholars, grades sixth through 12. Middle school classrooms will take up the first floor, and high schools will be on the second.
The land surrounding the building will eventually include play fields and possibly a gym. While there will not be a cafeteria in the new location, there will be a large commons area upstairs where scholars can eat.
The new school will be ready to move into during the 2015-2016 academic year, Barbour said. He also said it has been a long road to get where they are, which was why Saturday’s event was so special.  “We have worked three years on different building solutions and it’s finally happening.”
Photo by Wachtler

Photo by Miranda Wachtler


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