Portables for Aspen hit the road next week

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By Tris DeRoma


If you look over in the Los Alamos High School parking lot as you drive by on Diamond Drive, you’ll notice four, fairly large, portable buildings.  

According to school officials, they just arrived from Clovis and will shortly be on their way to be a part of the Aspen Elementary School’s temporary campus. The campus is being set up this summer to accommodate the staff and students while the campus gets rebuilt over the next two years. The four buildings from will join three others already at the campus, bringing the total number of buildings to accommodate the students and staff to seven.

“It’s part of the plan to get the classrooms functional in time for the start of the school year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said. “We want to have plenty of time to move furniture and books into them, as well as help the teachers with their preparations to have as smooth a transition as possible.”

Aspen is the next school in line to receive a major renovation, thanks to a $20 million bond package Los Alamos voters approved earlier this year. This is the second round approved  to fix and bring the school district’s infrastructure up to code, a process due to continue for the next 20 years, or for as long as voters approve funding requests from the district.

The trailers were supposed to be moved earlier this week, but the district ran into a manpower problem that prevented them from being moved.

“They were scheduled to go over this Monday and Tuesday, but we needed a stronger police escort,” said Schmidt. “People are out on holidays and vacations, so we felt it was easier for the county to help us out on this occasion.” 

The trailer move is due to start July 8 and end the following day, with two of the portable buildings to be moved each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Schmidt said each trailer move should take about an hour. The route will take the portable classrooms down Diamond Drive to 38th Street, then to Villa through the back of the school’s campus. Each building is about 70 feet long and 40 feet wide and weighs about 60,000 pounds. 

According to Joan Ahlers, assets manager for LAPS, the exact time of the move will depend on the Los Alamos Police Department. 

“That will depend upon the availability of the police department,” she said.

According to Schmidt, everyone along the route has been informed about the move, and has been instructed to move their vehicles into their driveways and yards while the move is taking place. A second reminder will go out Sunday.

“The night before they are actually moved, somebody will be walking the neighborhood to make sure the way is clear,” Schmidt said.