With golden shovels in hand, Socorro Consolidated School District had its groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday morning.

“One of the things we’re really excited about is having sixth, seventh and eighth graders up here and having everybody kind of close together. We have some really neat ideas on how to tie in curriculums and make some positive changes,” David Hicks, the school board president, said at the event.

Bradbury Construction

Hicks thanked the City of Socorro for being supportive of the school and credited their relationship for the ability to make progress.

“As President Hicks said, over the last few years, we really come together as two different entities trying to strive for the same purpose of making a little community better with the schools through the city. Security of the schools, swapping assets to make the projects move forward,” Donald Monette, Socorro City Manager, said.

The Sarracino middle school principal, Holly Mayfield, said the unique features would allow them to have professional culinary arts program and more classroom space, “it’s really going to help us to develop our CTE program. That’s been a major concern for our school, for the high school and the board, to get our kids ready for being adults and to have good jobs…and we feel like this building is going to help us to do that.”

About a month ago, Bradbury Construction started working on leveling the area and removing buildings which are being repurposed. The school will be two stories high, with a gym, multipurpose room, storage, media center, offices and over a dozen classrooms and workrooms. The new middle school will sit next to the high school with road access from highway 60 and Michigan Avenue.