The last day of classes for Navajo School is May 12.
When the students, teachers, administrators, and support staff return in August, the 50-year-old building will have completely changed.
“The Navajo school building was constructed by community farmers over 50 years ago; a very different time period,” Superintendent Vicki Nance said.
Nance is referring to the structural components of the school.
Fifty years ago classrooms did not have computers, laptops and other electronic equipment. The amount of electrical power needed was far less the amount of what is needed today.
Both the junior high school and the high school are slated to have new electrical wiring, new heating and air conditioning and LED lighting. Every classroom will have it’s own thermostat.
The school will have new insulation which will help to save money on utility bills.
The work will be paid for by a $1.3 million school bond to be issued in series for Navajo Public Schools that was approved in a public vote Sept. 8, 2015.
With the help of volunteers as well as the Navajo Foundation, teachers and support staff have started to pack a few items.
“On May 12th at 3:15 p.m., the last day of school will begin the real packing job,” Nance said.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.