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Posted February 29, 2016

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Supt. Reedy's Budget Message

"Please know my commitment is to try to keep cuts away from the classroom. Students must come first."

Dear Colleagues,

The Board of Education is meeting this morning to talk about the 2016-17 budget, and while we're still crunching the numbers, we know this will be yet another lean year.

I suspect this news is disappointing, though undoubtedly not surprising, to most of you. You may be feeling a bit discouraged and frustrated. I understand. It's been a tough decade for public education in New Mexico. As our state struggles to fight its way out of a recession, school employees have seen few raises with more and more responsibilities.

We don't have a lot of wiggle room in the budget, honestly, but please know my commitment is to try to keep cuts away from the classroom. Students must come first.

It goes without saying that we also have to be fiscally responsible. We have to realize that declining oil prices could mean more cuts down the road. Ignoring this possibility would be shirking our duty to the children, so we must look into this cloudy crystal ball called "state revenue projections" and make the hard decisions.

This is a complicated process that will take time, foresight and commitment. Know that as we go through this process, I am committed to our schools and employees, and that we are working to provide the best educational opportunities for our students.

Kind regards, 

Raquel  Reedy
APS Superintendent

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