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Will Santa Fe lease, sell, or mothball 4 school buildings? (Podcast)
(2010-04-23)
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Santa Fe school board has made its decisions. They've cut some programs, they've cut the salaries of the superintendent and top administrators, they've decided to increase class sizes by a minimum of two or three students, and they're going to consolidate three elementary schools and close another after a year. Some of the most contentious debate about these consolidations and closings centered around the Acequia Madre elementary school in the historic district. Karl Sommer is a member of the parent-teacher committee at that school and joins us. Some of have been confused by the terminology of consolidating some schools and closing another. We asked, aren't all four being closed?

Fred Nathan at Think New Mexico offered the Santa Fe school board a number of recommendations for ways to save much of the $7 million shortfall projected for next year. But they only really did one of them - cutting back on the number of retirees who've come back to work, these so-called double-dippers. Were the other ideas even considered?

So what does a school board do with these buildings that will no longer have students in them? Is there a market for them? We put that question to Realtor Karen Walker.


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