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The Las Conchas Fire scorched more than 149,250 acres and threatened Los Alamos National Laboratory property as well as the Los Alamos town site on June 26 and is still not fully contained.
Not only were Los Alamos residents displaced for a week because of the
mandatory evacuation ordered because of the raging fire, but business in Los Alamos came to a screeching halt and a major headache was also created for the Los Alamos High School construction project. The project was stopped because of the evacuation and is now approximately a week behind schedule.
As a result, the district has opted to use $86,000 from their contingency fund of approximately $300,000 in the hope of having the E Wing and the Instructional Media Center ready for move-in on Aug. 22.
Of the $86,000 that will be used, $20,000 will be allocated for the accelerated IMC schedule, $31,000 will go toward E Wing work acceleration, and $35,000 is for materials and labor.
In the meantime, approximately 400 students per day, who would use those areas will be relocated to facilities at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos for a week, until UNM-LA begins classes Aug. 22, at which time, LAHS classes will have to be moved. If construction of those classes at LAHS is not complete, administrators will be tasked with finding a suitable temporary site for those students.
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