RRPS Opens Two New Schools!

Written by Amanda Castillo

Aug 10, 2020

August 10, 2020

Construction of Rio Rancho’s two newest school campuses is nearing completion!  Shining Stars Preschool and Joe Harris Elementary School will both be ready to receive students when it is safe to bring students onto campus.

Joe Harris Elementary is located in the Unser Gateway, west of Unser Blvd. near the district’s southern border.  It is named in honor of Sandoval County Sheriff’s deputy and former Rio Rancho police officer Joe Harris, who was killed in the line of duty in 2009. He was a champion for Rio Rancho children.  General contractor for the 87,500+ sq. ft. facility is Bradbury and Stamm Construction; the facility was designed by Wilson and Co. architects based on the RRPS elementary prototype school layout.

The new 45,000 sq. ft. Shining Stars Preschool facility replaces an ageing campus that has been in need of retirement for many years.  The new campus was designed by architectural firm Dekker Perich Sabbatini; Brycon Construction is the general contractor.

Both campuses were funded by Rio Rancho voters through the 2016 bond issue (thank you!).

Photos by: Kim Vesely

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