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Digital School Coming to Tuba City

Digital School Coming to Tuba City
July 14
10:51 2016

The Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) has hired construction workers and initial earthwork is underway in uptown Tuba City for a new digital k-5 school.Tuba City Water Tower  2

CORE Construction, Inc. won the contract to build the new school. CORE was originally founded in Illinois in 1937 and started an office in Arizona in 1982. The company is ranked as the second largest school builder in the United States

The new high-tech school has been on the planning and drawing board since 2011. After a successful school board vote last year, construction is finally getting underway.

The state-of-the-art school will feature green technology building concepts, cloud computing capability throughout all the buildings, and classroom and research pods.

The new school will also feature passive and active solar technology and tribally appropriate cultural design elements.

The school will offer students new technology and green building advances to keep pace with educational building and school research standards outside the Navajo Nation.

A job fair took place on May 11 at the Hogan Restaurant in Tuba City to offer construction jobs to Navajo and Hopi tribal members. First as priority hiring and then to anyone who was qualified for the positions in second tier hiring.

“The Tuba City job fair is typical for the way CORE works with the community,” according to Jessica Bateman, CORE’s marketing director.

“The company put on the job fair to generate public awareness and local worker participation for projects on the Navajo Reservation,” Bateman said.

Bateman said CORE works to hire Navajo construction professionals and currently it has one Navajo man who is a full time national trainer for project management software tools.

The old Tuba City middle school building was built in the 1950s and was not able to provide the electrical wiring or energy needs to use computers or cloud research on portable devices.

This is the first time this kind of school building has been attempted on any Native American reservation in northern Arizona.

CORE is also working on a large school project with the Apache tribe.

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