New schools on horizon for Santa Fe school district

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On Aug. 18, the day Santa Fe Public Schools students return to class, the district also will welcome some new additions, including two brand new K-8 schools intended to ease overcrowding on the city’s south side.

El Camino Real Academy and Nina Otero Community School feature expanded classrooms, increased special education space, pre-kindergarten facilities, two gyms and two playgrounds — one for smaller children and one for middle-schoolers. In addition, both schools have computer labs and interactive whiteboards.

On the east side, Atalaya Elementary School will reopen this year after extensive demolition and renovation, which involved some conflict over the possibility that the new gym would obscure neighbors’ views.

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