April 22, 2004
Statement from Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García
Concerning News Reports of Budget Shortfall
(Santa Fe, NM) -- Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García and Don Moya, deputy secretary for finance and operations for the Public Education Department, have been in consultation with Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt and Michael Vigil, the district’s superintendent for business, following recent news reports of a budget shortfall in the district.
“We’re confident after these consultations that this is
the district’s first step in a different budget process. We fully
anticipate receiving a balanced budget with current funds. The budget
shortfall reported in the past several days includes all of the extra
requests currently before the district. It’s important to note
that the district is not in a cash deficit position. This is only a
budget projection for next year,” said Secretary Dr. García.