ATASCADERO — Atascadero Unified celebrated the completion of new construction and modernization of the Atascadero Middle School (formerly the junior high) by holding an official ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday evening . New construction began in April of 2015 and was completed September of 2017.
Superintendent Tom Butler and AMS Principal Jessica Lloyd spoke, thanking the community for supporting the 2010 measures that provided funding for the nearly $32 million project, and detailing the modernization details of the sixth grade classrooms.
“What a fun evening,” Superintendent Butler said. “We just looked out over that beautiful new school and thought to ourselves, ‘It’s a Norman Rockwell. It was right in the evening. Sun was setting. We’ve got the Rotunda right there, all lit up for Christmas. You’ve got the blue blazers and the band. We’ve got the choir. We’ve got student-led tours. It was just a rich evening.”
For the event, the AMS band performed and eighth-graders gave tours of the two-story 56,000 square-foot school building and campus, which includes 26 classrooms, an upgraded track and athletic field and turf renovations. Modernization of the current classroom wings included upgraded HVAC and controls systems and new classroom technology and exterior work incorporating underground utility upgrades, vehicle circulation and parking improvements.
“It was phenomenal,” School Board Trustee Tami Gunther said of the ribbon cutting. “I took the tour afterward and seeing the photography/yearbook classroom – unbelievable what they’re doing in there. And they have the 3D printer… the photography on the walls – It was something you would find in an art store – top notch.” Gunther also commented on how impressed she was with the engineering room at AMS. “There’s lots of creativity happening at that school site. The campus is stunning – just beautiful – a huge improvement. Great work by our construction teams over there.”
Construction of the middle school was contracted by Wysong Construction, under the leadership of AUSD Director of Support Services Stu Stoddard. Ravatt Albrecht and Associates provided the architecture, designing the building to compliment the 1900-style of City Hall.
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