Albuquerque Public Schools puts projects on hold due to pending lawsuit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A pending lawsuit filed earlier this year against Albuquerque Public Schools is putting a hold on some projects the district was looking to work on.

The lawsuit, filed by Attorney Robert Pidcock, alleges the district broke the law in several ways in how it handled the February election.

It points out issues stemming from funding for projects getting grouped together on the ballot, and the use inadequate legal language.

While this pending lawsuit hasn’t affected projects already in the works. it has put the breaks on five projects in the bidding stage.

Those include phase two of an expansion project at Desert Willow School, upgrades to the Highland High School gym and classrooms, a new gym and ISP classrooms at La Cueva High School, extensive renovations to the Jackson Middle School kitchen, cafeteria and other buildings, and the creation of the Montgomery Complex, a new facility for teachers and staff.

“These schools probably won’t be impacted too significantly because these kids have a place right now this would be just new and upgraded facilities,” Karen Alarid, APS Facilities & Operations Director said.

The district says one project they didn’t put off that was also in the bidding process was the new K-8 school in northwest Albuquerque.

They say that project is time sensitive and because there’s already a big overcrowding issue in the area, they didn’t want to hold off the project any longer.

That school is set to open in the fall of 2018.

The district says they’re hopeful the lawsuit can be resolved and advertisements for bids can restart.

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