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Morning Word: Your Money, Your Schools

April 21, 2017, 7:30 am

Santa Fe schools sharpen budget picture
After spending weeks talking about a budget that will leave Santa Fe Public Schools anywhere from $4 million to $9 million short next year, the district told SFR that its best-case scenario would be a $2.74 million gap. Now, that's narrowed even further as the district bones up on its math ahead of what's likely to be a final budget decision next month.

State criticizes APS middle schools sports cut
The Public Education Department lashed out at Albuquerque Public Schools over the district's decision to cut middle school sports programs in the face of a multi-million-dollar budget shortfall. A top PED official says the public should know that there are nearly twice as many administrators at the district making six-figure salaries than there were five years ago.

Luna college hiring, pay investigated
The district attorney in Las Vegas and the attorney general are looking into why the new president of Luna Community College has hired so many family members—and why they're getting paid so well. The state auditor and Higher Education Department both found similar issues when they examined the college's finances.

Another oil boom in New Mexico?
It seems likely, and sooner rather than later. The Associated Press examines the spike in land value and infrastructure investment in New Mexico's Permian Basin. 

Family says boy hit by APD officer in crash will die
The family of 6-year-old Joel Anthony says he'll be taken off life support after being critically injured when an Albuquerque police officer responding to a call crashed into the car driven by his mother. His 9-year-old sister was also critically injured in the crash. Both she and the officer are still in the hospital.

Española businessman passes
Richard P Cook, the man who made a fortune snapping up low-cost land and mining it for gravel, died this week. Even at 91, Cook was still involved in deals and developments around Northern New Mexico. The Rio Grande Sun has his obituary.

Making it small
Weekends are a pretty solid time to tuck into an SFR cover story. This week's offering explores the state of manufacturing in the state of New Mexico, where smaller manufacturers are providing the growth that's lacking in the economic sector.

March for science
Tomorrow, in five cities around New Mexico—including Santa Fe—people plan to hit the streets in solidarity with the March for Science in Washington DC. Scientists have lately traded lab life for criticism from those who deny human-caused climate change, while others are scrambling to fund research on things like clean air and cancer.

Thanks for reading! The Word can't wait to greet tomorrow with a bottomless mug of coffee.

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