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Construction on the horizon at Ahfachkee

A rendering of the completed elementary school, on the right, with the existing middle and high school building on the left. (Courtesy rendering)

BIG CYPRESS — Spring usually brings signs of new life, but at the Ahfachkee School it brought a dozen new portables.

Construction is expected to begin soon for the school’s elementary classrooms and gym; the portables will be the students’ home for the 2022-23 school year. When the portables are completely set up, they will all be linked together with six on each side of a covered walkway.

The new building is scheduled to be complete in January 2024. The building will house K-5 classrooms along with two collaboration rooms, a computer room, music lab, clinic and administrative offices. The design will be modeled on the existing middle and high school building.

The gym will have a fitness room, restrooms and locker rooms complete with showers. Additionally, the gym will have a stage for school presentations and assemblies.

A rendering of the gym and its stage. (Courtesy rendering)
The Ahfachkee School expansion plans include a collaboration room. (Courtesy rendering)
Ahfachkee School expansion plans include classrooms like this one. (Courtesy rendering)
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