New Mexico districts scramble to find funds to hire IT staff

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Española Board of Education got some bad news late last year and as a result, it must devise a plan to absorb the loss of funds it has depended on for years to supplement the District’s science and information technology programs.

School officials will have to come up with more than $400,000 to fill a financial void left by the absence of nearly $900,000 in grant funds it has received from a local nonprofit to provide information technology and other services to the District. Española Superintendent Danny Trujillo said the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation notified him in December that it would discontinue disbursing funds to the District to support science and technology initiatives. Instead, the Foundation will allocate nearly $500,000 to the District to pay for in-house science learning through a program the Foundation implemented nearly five years ago.

Trujillo said he sent a letter to the Foundation asking it to grant the District funding for a transitional year, which would allow time to come up with a plan to deal with the shortfall.

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