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Air Conditioning on the Way at South High and PAA

 Two workers install a new AC  system at SouthCool air during the warm months, and consistent heat during the winter, is on its way to Pueblo Academy of Arts and South High School.

Bob Lawson, Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Management, recently informed the D60 Board of Education about the progress of this and other work funded by the 2019 bond approved by voters.

The major HVAC system improvements underway at PAA and South are full system replacements that will provide for new heating systems as well as air conditioning.

“This is a major improvement, as neither school currently has air conditioning,” Mr. Lawson told the board.

District-wide, all schools are receiving HVAC network controls replacement, with half of the work done and completion expected by July.

Additionally, PAA is to receive a full electrical replacement, with engineering work underway and equipment on order.

At Minnequa and Highland Park, new electrical systems are in place, which will provide a stable foundation for the ever-increasing use of technology devices for decades to come. 

Also at Highland Park, a partial roof replacement will begin this summer so as not to disrupt classroom instruction. The school’s new walkway improvements are complete, with repairs to the asphalt playground to be finished once the roof replacement work is done.

Additionally, fencing repairs at the school are essentially complete.

At Heaton Middle School, a completed engineering study has identified an area of the school that will require stabilization measures in the future. Staff will develop a plan of action to address the engineers’ findings.

Central High School’s sanitary sewer system is to be repaired, with the contract for the work awarded and the project now in the engineering phase.

Requests for proposals have gone out for roof replacements at Central and Beulah Heights. The work is expected to begin at the conclusion of the current school year.

At nine schools, door hardware replacement work is nearly complete, with the entire project expected to be finished by June.

New Centennial and East high schools are on the way, with earthmoving work ongoing in anticipation of installing the foundation systems at both schools.

To view the construction progress at both schools, click on the following links: and

With bond funds and BEST grants, the current Sunset Park and Franklin School of Innovation buildings will be replaced.

The design process for the new schools is on schedule, with the programming phase complete and the architectural team engaged in the schematic design that will result in the actual floor plans and details in the buildings.

With the bond-funded demolition of the Heroes K-8 Academy complete, that property will be used as the site of a new K-8 Expeditionary School.

With the architectural agreement for the design of the school in place, the board recently awarded a Construction Manager General Contractor contract to Pueblo-based HW Houston Construction and GE Johnson for pre-construction and project development work in the amount of $1.5 million.

Construction of the new school will come at no additional expense for taxpayers, thanks to prudent management of bond-funded construction projects and a favorable return at the time the $218 million bond was sold to investors.

A virtual Town Hall meeting, led by the architectural team, is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to discuss the design of the school. Community members are invited to participate, ask questions and provide input at the meeting which will be shared on the D60 Vimeo page.