PRESS RELEASE - September 17, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Capital Outlay Council Names 51 School Districts To Receive $84.7 Million for Buildings in 2003-2004

(Santa Fe, NM)--The Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) announced on September 16, that 51 public school districts will receive $84.7 million in 2003-2004 to help meet their critical capital outlay needs and an additional $10.8 million, from the Public School Facilities Authority, to respond to capital outlay deficiencies.

“The designation of $95.5 million for critical capital outlay projects and deficiencies is a significant achievement for public education in New Mexico. It is one of the largest designations of dollars to date for capital outlay,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

Of the $84.7 million, $40.3 million will be distributed in 22 districts receiving federal impact aid money for non-taxable land and $15 million was set aside for the Cuba, Gadsden, Hatch and Magdalena districts, districts experiencing growth and with limited or no other sources of capital outlay funding. (While in 2001 and 2002, state statute required that at least $20 million be expended on impact aid districts, this was not statutorily required for 2003-2004.)

In making its recommendations, the PSCOC gave strong consideration to construction of new classrooms to replace portables and for full-day kindergarten classrooms, addressing overcrowding, instructional programs and timely completion of projects. Funding was provided to complete 23 projects.

“Public school districts no longer have to rely almost exclusively on the wealth of their local communities for needed school improvements. More and more, our children can count on secure school facilities to support learning and academic growth,” said State Superintendent Davis.

Awards from the $84.7 million allocation range from $55,000 to conduct ceiling and electrical renovations in the Elida schools to $10.75 million to proceed with a new elementary school, plan and design for a new high school and complete the remodel of Santa Teresa High in Gadsden.

For a complete listing of the PSCOC awards, please visit the SDE’s web page at http://ped.state.nm.us/press.2003/sep.03/03.04.awards.final.pdf.