Shining Stars Preschool Groundbreaking

Teachers, Community Leaders Dig In at New Preschool Groundbreaking.
Posted on 05/16/2019
SSPS Groundbreaking SlideShow

Construction of the long-awaited new Shining Stars Preschool is underway!  This purpose-built school, designed with the needs of Rio Rancho’s youngest students in mind, is on its way to a late summer 2020 opening. 

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Community leaders including Mayor Gregg Hull, County Commissioner Mike Meek, Rio Rancho Fire Chief Paul Bearce, and Chamber President and CEO Jerry Schalow, joined RRPS leaders and Shining Stars teachers and staff for the formal groundbreaking.   School Board President Catherine Cullen and Superintendent Dr. Sue Cleveland especially thanked the voters of Rio Rancho for supporting the bond issue which is making construction of the new campus possible. 

SSPS Groundbreaking

Once the dignitaries had had their turn, Shining Stars teachers and staff dug in, getting the new campus off to a great start. The campus will be unique in New Mexico, carefully crafted to meet the educational and social-emotional development needs of Rio Rancho children. Principal Kim Johns and her staff worked with the architects, Dekker Perich Sabatini, and the RRPS Facilities staff to design into the campus the tools teachers will need to most effectively work with students. 

SSPS Groundbreaking

Shining Stars Preschool's program for three- and four-year olds integrates students with physical and/or developmental disabilities with typically-developing peers, all of whom receive individual attention from teachers, educational aides, and specialists who work with special needs students.  Many students who enter Shining Stars with developmental disabilities progress to the point where they can enter kindergarten without requiring special education services.

Shining Stars opened in 2005 in a former elementary school campus originally constructed in 1990 as a temporary facility.  The old campus buildings have long outlived their useful life and have become very difficult to maintain.  The new school includes more advanced security features and state of the art technology to better prepare students for success as they move on to kindergarten, elementary school, and beyond. 

General contractor for the new facility is Brycon, a Rio Rancho-based company.  The estimated cost of the facility is $17 million.