Montezuma-Cortez High School

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The path to demolish the old Montezuma Cortez High school has experienced more than a few bumps in the road, including deciding whether to demolish it all, then funding the demolition, and most recently, figuring out what to do with the waste material. But, it’s still on track, and still not as easy as you might think, considering the building is full of the hazardous material asbestos. To find out what’s next, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Jamie Haukeness, the school district official in charge of supervising the demolition process

Nicholaus Sandner / MCHS Drama Department

The Montezuma Cortez High School Drama department will present the last three shows of "Once Upon a Mattress," a musical adaptation of the "Princess and the Pea," this weekend.

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The Sources of Strength program at Montezuma-Cortez High School aims to build an encouraging school community and counteract mental health issues with positive messages and events.

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Healthy activities, mental health, medical access, spirituality, generosity, mentors, positive friends, and family support. For Montezuma-Cortez High School students, those are eight possible sources of strength.

In November, voters approved a proposal to pay for the demolition and asbestos abatement of the former Montezuma Cortez high school. But what comes next in the process? What will happen to all the items in the old school, like the murals on the walls? And what will happen to the land once the building is gone? KSJD's Austin Cope talked with district superintendent Lori Haukeness to find out.

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