Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, July 13

Tuba City High breaks ground on $6.5 million building<br>

Although the asbestos readings were all within acceptable limits for human habitation and daily occupation, Tuba City Unified School District administration and Governing Board had the area professionally cleaned. Items that could not be professionally cleaned were disposed of by professional cleaning or abatement teams.

But how much internal damage the fire had done to the strength of the concrete roof deck was a huge question.

The governing board and superintendent hired engineers who looked over the roof and determined that over the next few years the integrity of the roof would be compromised.

By this same time, the State Facilities Board (SFB) had grant funds available to repair and upgrade existing school facilities. The SFB took the TC District engineers and architects recommendation for building replacement and funded the replacement of the main part of the building.

The three principle fund developers for this action taken on behalf of TC District were Ron Begay, current district construction manager; Dr. Tanya Gorman-Keith, former Grant/Fund developer for the district; and Roland Bennett, current Federal Programs director for TC District. All three were publicly thanked during the early morning groundbreaking ceremony at the TC High School.

Phase 1 and 2 are being funded by US Department of Education for Impact Aid Construction Funds and the USDOE (US Department of Education) have funded another part of the remodeling. A portion of the funds for these phases will come directly from TC District resources.

Rendering courtesy TC School District

The new facility is expected to open for full student use in January 2006. With more classrooms, there will be programs for TC High students offering the latest in technology assistance and research particularly in vocational education areas.

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