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Posted March 4, 2014

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APS Working on Financial Plan for 2014-15 & Beyond

Board of Education will discuss budget during its March 19 meeting.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education will discuss the 2014-15 budget during its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 19, at 5 p.m. at the APS administration building, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE.

The board hosted several community meetings during March to get public input on its education financial plan for next school year and the years to come.

The public presentation outlines many facts versus myths about public education and APS. It looks at district successes, challenges and funding realities over the past few years which includes cuts to the APS budget of nearly $100 million and the loss of about 1,000 jobs including 500 from the classroom.

The presentation also outlines opportunities and risks faced by APS and explains above and below the line funding and its impact on the district.

"It is incumbent upon the Board of Education and the administration of APS to guarantee a positive return on investment of every dollar it receives and to continue to be good stewards of public funds," Don Moya, APS Chief Finance Officer, says in the presentation. "APS must continue to be strategic, effective and efficient with its resources and continue to prioritize dollars to direct Instruction."

The input received from these meetings will be used by administrators as they put together their budgets for consideration by the APS Board of Education. Anyone who would like to comment, but wasn't able to attend one of the meetings can email their comments to boarded@aps.edu or they can attend the March 19 Board of Education meeting and make comments during the public forum portion of the meeting.

The final meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 11, at Ernie Pyle Middle School, 1820 Valdora Road SW.

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