Last portable is hauled off campus

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Recently, Jaynes Construction Supervisor Sam Burns guided the last classroom portable from Aspen Elementary School around 33rd Street toward Villa Street.
With that, and the construction of the newly-completed school, 17portables that once housed Aspen Elementary students for the past fourteen months have been removed from the construction site.
Over the past several weeks, commuters and motorists in the Aspen neighborhood have waited patiently while portables were moved to grounds opposite Los Alamos Middle School and adjacent to Chamisa Elementary School for temporary storage until the district decides the next school renovation or remodel project.
Kathryn Vandenkieboom, Aspen Elementary Principal, said the school is embarking on a new era.
“We are so grateful for our permanent school,” Vandenkieboom said. “When I went out back the other day to look and they were gone, I was shocked that the space was so big. I’m so excited that the open space will become a soccer field and play space for children. We are so happy with the new school.”
Vandenkieboom also thanked teachers, students and parents for their patience during the construction of the new school.
She also said the new playground facilities will be completed in the spring.