Published May 25, 2017
BIRD SPRINGS, ARIZONA – On May 19, Vice President Jonathan Nez commended the Bird Springs Chapter on their work to build a new Little Singer Community School.
“We spoke to the congressional delegations and appropriation committees to lobby funding for the school. We are thankful for their support to fund this project. We are also appreciative of the chapter resolutions and legislative support,” said Vice President Nez.
This school will house students from kindergarten to grade six. Vice President Nez was very appreciative for the work that was accomplished to transition the project into the construction phase.
This school was created to ensure a better future for the Navajo Nation. This is a great opportunity to employ members of the community and surrounding communities as they start constructing the building.
“We need to continue our traditional teachings by passing them down to our young ones. As you change your life for the better, you also change your future,” said Vice President Nez.
Vice President Nez also committed the executive branch to paving the road between Holbrook and Bird Springs. The new highway construction is 7.5 miles and will cost roughly $12-$13 million to complete. The design of the entire route is 95 percent complete. Construction is anticipated to start in 2018 but the Navajo Division of Transportation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will continue to push for completed portions of construction in late Fall 2017.
Construction for the new school will commence in July 2017 and be completed by the end of Dec 2018. The design of the building by Eaton Architecture, a firm based in Utah, incorporated Navajo design concepts. The classrooms for the students were constructed into a circle to symbolize Hozhó. The school will be 32,034 square feet.
“We congratulate the community and school on their groundbreaking. This building will provide a better environment to our Navajo children to aid them in their growth and future success as students,” said Vice President Nez.
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