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 districtâ€™s budget.
â€œThe Roswell Independent School District School Board, along with my administrative staff and I, fully understood Gov. Martinezâ€™s and Secretary Skanderaâ€™s directive to focus on the classrooms and reduce administrative costs.
We took this endeavor very seriously and planned our budget accordingly,â€ wrote Beverly Friedman, a PEDâ€ˆpublic 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 districtâ€™s budgets were focused on dollars in the classroom, falling in line with the governorâ€™s directive to protect classroom spending by making cuts to the administration.
â€œPreserving dollars to the classroom isnâ€™t an empty promise, itâ€™s a commitment to our kids and to our future,â€ Skandera said in the release. â€œWe promised reform in New Mexicoâ€™s schools and that includes focusing our dollars on our children and in our classrooms.â€
The release also showed that despite the 1.5 percent reduction in overall appropriation of dollars to school districts, PEDâ€ˆreviews of proposed budgets submitted by districts showed that the â€œoverwhelming majorityâ€ 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.