Gov praises RISD for fiscal responsibility

July 6, 2011 • Local News

Roswell was among seven school districts in the state praised for protecting dollars in the classroom by Gov. Susana Martinez and Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera in a recent press release from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Roswell [auth] Independent School District was applauded as the example in the southeast part of the state for increasing dollars to its schools to over 75 percent of the district’s budget.

“The Roswell Independent School District School Board, along with my administrative staff and I, fully understood Gov. Martinez’s and Secretary Skandera’s directive to focus on the classrooms and reduce administrative costs.

We took this endeavor very seriously and planned our budget accordingly,” wrote Beverly Friedman, a PED public information officer.

The release noted that school districts across the state devoted $6 million more than last year to direct instruction, and that nearly 74 percent of school district’s budgets were focused on dollars in the classroom, falling in line with the governor’s directive to protect classroom spending by making cuts to the administration.

“Preserving dollars to the classroom isn’t an empty promise, it’s a commitment to our kids and to our future,” Skandera said in the release. “We promised reform in New Mexico’s schools and that includes focusing our dollars on our children and in our classrooms.”

The release also showed that despite the 1.5 percent reduction in overall appropriation of dollars to school districts, PED reviews of proposed budgets submitted by districts showed that the “overwhelming majority” of districts maintained or increased dollars for direct instruction in the classroom.

Other districts praised were Farmington, Rio Rancho, Clayton, Carlsbad, Deming and T or C.

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