PRESS RELEASE - August 26, 2003
State Department of Education Schedules Hearings For 2003-2004 Corrective Action Schools
(Santa Fe, NM)--The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) today announced 14 hearings, from Tuesday, September 2, to Thursday, September 11, will be held throughout the state for local school boards and superintendents to present evidence to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis regarding their corrective action schools.
The local boards and superintendents will be asked to demonstrate at the hearings why their corrective action schools should not be in corrective action, that a local corrective action plan should be considered or that voluntary suspension of authority over the school will be pursued.
“I plan to do a great deal of listening at these show cause hearings. The hearings will allow us to consider whether the local districts’ efforts to support their corrective action schools have been and are the right things to do. We also need to consider whether they have the capacity and the resources to implement their corrective action plans,” said State Superintendent Davis. “Our job is to do the best we can for the children in these schools. Ultimately, our goal is for these schools to meet standards,” he said.
Members of the public may make presentations at the show cause hearings.
The hearing schedule is:
Forty-three new public schools in 14 school districts in New Mexico were placed in corrective action for 2003-2004 on August 1 by the New Mexico State Board of Education. A proposed notice of suspension was mailed to each school board president and superintendent.
The schools named for corrective action are as follows:
Albuquerque Public Schools: Armijo Elementary, Ernie Pyle Middle, Eugene Field Elementary, Harrison Middle, La Luz Elementary, Lavaland Elementary, Los Padillas Elementary, Trumann Middle and Valle Vista Elementary
Bernalillo Public Schools: Cochiti Elementary and Santo Domingo Middle
Central Consolidated Schools: Naschitti Elementary, Nataani Nez Elementary, Newcomb Middle, Nizhoni Elementary and Ojo Amarillo Elementary
Dulce Independent Schools: Dulce Elementary
Espanola Public Schools: Alcalde Elementary, Espanola Middle, Hernandez Elementary and Tony Quintana Elementary
Farmington Municipal Schools: Apache Elementary
Gadsden Independent Schools: Desert View Elementary
Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools: Chee Dodge Elementary, Crownpoint Elementary, Navajo Elementary, Rocky View Elementary, Stagecoach Elementary, Tobe Turben Elementary, Tohatchi Elementary, Tohatchi High, Tohatchi Middle, Twin Lakes Elementary and Washington Elementary
Jemez Mountain Public Schools: Coyote Elementary
Los Lunas Public Schools: Desert View Intermediate
Rowell Independent Schools: Pecos Elementary
Santa Fe Public Schools: Agua Fria Elementary and Edward Ortiz Middle
West Las Vegas Public Schools: Valley Elementary and West Las Vegas Middle
Zuni Public Schools: A:Shiwi Elementary and Dowa Yalanne Elementary
State Superintendent Davis’ specific corrective actions for each
school will be announced 10 days following each hearing, with appeals