Ten New Mexico school districts will receive nearly $97 million in state funds for the design and construction of school facilities, David Abbey, chair of the Public School Capital Outlay Council, said today.
The state capital outlay funds will be matched with district funds totaling $90.6 million for projects in the Raton, Ruidoso, Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Gallup, and Mountainair districts and at the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and New Mexico School for the Deaf.
The council awarded the funds to school districts last week under the council’s standards-based process – a procedure that prioritizes the facilities with the greatest need, Abbey said. “While there is no substitute for a high quality teacher in the classroom, the environment is also important,” he said. “New Mexico’s children deserve to learn in a safe and healthy physical environment; classes should add to our children’s education, not detract.”