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PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2002

State Department of Education Awards $1.5 Million to Assist 34 Public Schools in Need of Improvement

(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 34 public schools in nine districts in the state have been awarded a total of $1.5 million in federal Title I School Improvement funds. Each school will receive up to $45,000 to improve school performance, based on its application for funding.

"This infusion of funds is both timely and important. Increased funding for schools in need of improvement is essential if we are to see improved performance and opportunities for children. These dollars will support 34 schools across the state in implementing strategies for change in student achievement, attendance, dropout, parent involvement and school safety," said Ralph P. Paiz, director of the SDE's School Improvement and Support Unit.

The recipient districts, schools and dollars awarded are:

  • ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $269,995

    Eugene Field Elementary, $45,000; Kit Carson Elementary, $34,161; Lowell Elementary, $44,999; Valle Vista Elementary, $32,620; Whittier Elementary, $45,000; Polk Middle, $42,300; District Technical Assistance, $20,309; and Audit/Indirect Costs, $5,606

  • BERNALILLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $45,000

    Cochiti Elementary, $45,000

  • CENTRAL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS, $271,887

    Eva B. Stokely Elementary, $45,000; Mesa Elementary, $45,000; Naschitti Elementary, $45,000; Newcomb Elementary, $45,000; Ojo Amarillo Elementary, $41,433; and Tse'Bit'Ai Middle, $45,000; and Indirect Costs, $5,454

  • GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $504,135

    Chee Dodge Elementary, $43,710; Crownpoint Elementary, $44,114; Lincoln Elementary, $43,727; Navajo Elementary, $43,727; Ramah Elementary, $43,798; Thoreau Elementary, $43,727; Crownpoint Junior/Senior High, $43,650; Gallup Middle, $43,941; John F. Kennedy Middle, $29,922; Thoreau Middle, $44,483; Tohatchi Middle, $44,942; Navajo Pine High, $25,000; and Indirect Costs, $9,394

  • JEMEZ MOUNTAIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $45,000

    Coronado Middle/High, $45,000

  • LAS CRUCES PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $90,000

    Booker T. Washington Elementary, $45,000, and MacArthur Elementary, $45,000

  • ROSWELL INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, $88,939

    East Grand Plains Elementary, $43,939, and Pecos Elementary, $45,000

  • SANTA FE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $135,000

    Cesar Chavez Elementary, $45,000; R.M. Sweeney Elementary, $45,000; and Ortiz Middle, $45,000

  • ZUNI PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $45,000

    Zuni Middle, $45,000

    The dollars distributed for internal costs are to assist with costs associated with the grant award.


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