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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

January 17, 2003

State Department of Education Awards $1.74 Million to
Assist 17 Public School Districts with School Improvement

 

(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 17 districts in the state would be awarded a total of $1.74 million in federal Title I School Improvement funds to carry out their school improvement or corrective action plans. Priority was given to districts with corrective action schools and schools in the second year of school improvement.

"This infusion of funds is both timely and important. Increased funding for corrective action schools and schools in need of improvement is essential if we are to see improved performance and opportunities for children. These dollars will support 54 schools across the state that are implementing strategies for change," said Sam Ornelas, director of the SDE's Title I Unit.

The recipient districts and dollars awarded are:

  • ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $369,120
    For Alamosa Elementary, Armijo Elementary, Emerson Elementary, Ernie Pyle Middle, La Luz Elementary, Lavaland Elementary, Los Padillas Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Polk Middle, Rio Grande High and Truman Middle
  • BERNALILLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $50,000
    For Santa Domingo Elementary
  • CENTRAL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS, $180,000
    For Mesa Elementary, Nataani Nez Elementary, Newcomb Middle, Nizhoni Elementary and Tse'Bit'Ai Middle
  • CUBA INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, $50,000
    Cuba Middle and Cuba High
  • DULCE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, $35,000
    Dulce Elementary
  • ESPANOLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $170,000
    Abiquiu Elementary, Alcalde Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Hernandez Elementary, Sombrillo Elementary and Espanola Middle-East
  • FARMINGTON MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS, $35,000
    Apache Elementary
  • GADSDEN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, $80,000
    Chaparral Middle, Gadsden Middle and Santa Teresa Middle
  • GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $382,880
    Church Rock Elementary, David Skeet Elementary, Gallup Junior High, Juan de Onate Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle, Stagecoach Elementary, Tobe Turpen Elementary, Tohatchi Elementary, Thoreau Middle, Tohatchi High, Twin Lakes Elementary and Washington Elementary
  • GRANTS-CIBOLA COUNTY SCHOOLS, $34,000
    Laguna-Acoma Middle
  • HOBBS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS, $25,148
    Edison Elementary
  • LAS CRUCES PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $50,000
    Booker T. Washington Elementary
  • LOS LUNAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $35,000
    Desert View Intermediate
  • ROSWELL INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, $35,000
    Edgewood Elementary
  • SANTA ROSA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS, $35,000
    Rita A. Marquez Elementary
  • WEST LAS VEGAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $60,000
    Valley Elementary and West Las Vegas Middle
  • ZUNI PUBLIC SCHOOLS, $110,000
    A:Shiwi Elementary, Dowa Yalanne Elementary and Zuni Middle
Funds under the grant can be spent through September 2004. Districts must submit a narrative or table describing the use of funds at each school to the SDE before budgeting the dollars. In making the awards, the SDE considered district use of previous school improvement grants.