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Annunciation Catholic School was founded in 1959 and continues to provide primary and middle school level education for students in Pre-K through the eighth grade.

While construction of the first school building was under way, classes were held in rented rooms at St. Pius X High School’s original campus. Dedication of the new school took place March 26, 1961. By August of that year there were 560 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through eighth. For the next five years creation of additional space was virtually a yearly undertaking, mostly by bringing in World War II barracks. By 1965, enrollment increased to 690 students. Eventually, the barracks deteriorated and for the safety of the students, they were replaced by a new primary education building which was dedicated in 1981.

In 1992 four portable building were added and this made it possible to have a computer lab and a science lab. The old church was renovated to accommodate six additional classrooms during the summer of 1994 and four classes moved in November; all six classrooms were occupied in August 1995. The addition of a new library, computer lab and two classrooms became a reality in the spring of 1997 with occupancy of the facility in August 1997. In 1999 new refrigerated cooling and heating systems were installed in the main building and the primary building. In 2000 the entire school was re-carpeted and painted. A new gym floor and bleachers were also installed. During the summer of 2001 our school library was automated. In addition, the main buildings were re-roofed. In 2006 our generous parent community and parishioners helped fund computer networking, provided teacher computers and updated our labs with new software, equipment and furniture. The Annual Catholic Appeal helped provide a complete electrical upgrade and the Annex and portables with refrigerated air in the summer of 2006. Once again, with the help of parents and parishioners, the playground was re-fenced and artificial turf was installed in 2007. The 2007 Annual Catholic Appeal funded the replacement of the fire alarm and the public address and bell systems during the summer of 2008. New tile floors, lockers, playground equipment and a kiln were installed in 2009. Perimeter fencing was installed in 2013.

The generosity of parents, alumni and parishioners at the 50th Anniversary Gala (2009) provided funds for an elementary science lab and upgrades to the middle school lab and technology program. The success of this event prompted the installation of an annual fall benefit. In 2010 new musical equipment and a presentation screen were purchased with funds raised. In 2011 fall benefit proceeds provided additional technological equipment and in 2012 the art department was the beneficiary adding a storage shed, shelving, tables and art supplies.

Annunciation is committed to continuous improvement. In 2008 Annunciation Catholic School was honored by earning recognition for these efforts with the Roadrunner, presented by Quality New Mexico Awards. In 2011 Annunciation received its second Roadrunner level recognition form Quality New Mexico.

Since 2009 almost $70,000 has been awarded to Annunciation in grants. In 2010 Annunciation was awarded a $40,000 grant from HP which funded a mobile laptop lab. In 2011 a $6,000 grant was received from the Hancock foundation to fund Robotics software and hardware. In 2012 an anonymous grant donor provided $10,000 for MS lap tops.

 

 


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