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September 24, 2018
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State letter to Santa Fe schools
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The head of New Mexico's Public Education Department is asking the Santa Fe School Board to take another look at their decision to consolidate four small elementary schools. Dr. Susana Murphy has sent the board a letter (see below)asking them to reconsider the consolidation plan based on negative comments from the community and because of new information about the high cost of closing some schools and remodeling others. School Board President Richard Polese says the board welcomes advice from the education department but they aren't taking steps to suspend the plan.

Meanwhile, plans to move students out of Santa Fe's Acquia Madre elementary school and move them to the Atalaya school are taking next steps. The architect doing plans for remodeling Atalaya says the job could be done for $10 million. That's down from earlier estimates that went as high as $28 million. But he says the school would not be a K-8 and would "barely accommodate" the in-coming students from Acequia Madre school.

A piece of the old College of Santa Fe campus is soon to be taken over for state offices. The state Board of Finance has approved $4.6 million for the purchase of 15 acres of vacant land on the campus. Possible uses could include offices for the Higher Education Department or for an expansion of the state library. The city of Santa Fe bought the campus last year in a deal that saw a for-profit corporation establish a new college on the campus. Funds from the sale to the state will go to the city.

State Environment Secretary Ron Curry says PNM should have planned ahead to curb greenhouse gas emissions from one of its big coal-fired power plants. PNM is complaining a state proposal to cut emissions will cost nearly a billion dollars and it may have to pass the cost along to its customers. The company also says it needs more time to study the proposal. Curry says PNM should have planned years ago for the work and questions why customers would have to pay for PNM to meet federal regulations.

An E-waste recycling day is coming up in Santa Fe. It's set for Saturday, Aug. 21, at a city facility on Siler Road. Most electronic items will be accepted for free, except for a $10 fee for television sets and $5 for old-style computer monitors.

Weather for the coming days pretty much the same as it's been. Look for highs in the upper 80s and partly cloudy skies.

Education Secretary letter to Santa Fe schools.


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