PRESS RELEASE - May 27, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

SDE Announces $2.408 Million in IDEA and Technology Grant Awards

(Santa Fe, NM)— The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 27 public school districts and schools, including two state-supported schools, have been awarded $2.408 million in School Renovation, IDEA and Technology Grants to make school repairs and renovations and meet special education and renovation-related expenses.

The purpose of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) portion of the competitive grant program is to improve results for students with disabilities by increasing access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment through the use of appropriate supplementary aids and services.

“New Mexico must do more to educate its students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. It behooves us as educators to use every means, including technology, to do so,” said Steven A. Sánchez, the SDE’s acting assistant superintendent for Learning Services and Indian Education.

Grant funds will be used to enhance ongoing professional development in the areas of accommodating and modifying curriculum through technology and the utilization of assistive technology, encouraging the use of effective technology-based strategies for assisting and assessing students with disabilities to meet performance goals and indicators per the state’s standards and assisting districts in the development and use of electronic means to support ongoing monitoring of student progress.

The recipient districts, schools and total dollars awarded are as follows:

ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS $250,000
South Valley Academy $50,000
Southwest Secondary Learning Center $50,000
West Mesa High $150,000

BERNALILLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS $100,000

CENTRAL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS $99,424

DEMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS $100,000

ESTANCIA MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS $50,000

EUNICE PUBLIC SCHOOLS $19,473

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SDE Announces $2.4 Million in IDEA and Technology Grant Awards

GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS $60,029

HONDO VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS $50,000

JAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS $50,000

JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVISION (NEW MEXICO BOYS’ SCHOOL) $100,000

LAS CRUCES PUBLIC SCHOOLS $250,000

LAS VEGAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS $170,000

LORDSBURG MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS $75,000

LOVINGTON MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS $150,000

MESA VISTA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS $50,000

MOUNTAINAIR PUBLIC SCHOOLS $61,750

NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED $49,060

PECOS INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS $75,000

QUEMADO INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS $48,275

SANTA FE PUBLIC SCHOOLS $250,000

SANTA ROSA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS $100,000

SILVER CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS $100,000

TATUM MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS $50,000

VAUGHN MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS $50,000

WAGON MOUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS $50,000

TOTAL $2,408,011