School district struggles with budget

MORIARTY N.M. (KRQE) – A school district with money problems wanted to close two schools, but the state has said ‘no.’

Now the Moriarty-Edgewood School District is considering some serious cuts.

“It could be eliminating principals. It could be eliminating counselors. It could be eliminating extracurricular activities,” Superintendent Tom Sullivan told News 13.

Sullivan called reality in the district bleak, saying enrollment is down about 40 percent from 2000. This translates into a significant decline in revenue to run the district.

Sullivan said already 200 positions in the district have been eliminated, electives have been slashed, and teacher supply budgets have been decimated.

In December, the school board voted to close Edgewood Elementary and Mountainview Elementary before the 2014-2015 school year.

Some in the community were upset by the idea, while others applauded the decision, but the state Public Education Department didn’t go for it.

Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera denied the request in a letter dated Tuesday, writing the district didn’t prove financial difficulties and didn’t address the educational benefits of closing schools.

Sullivan said they’ll likely appeal the decision or face cuts to anything that’s not mandated. There will likely be special board meeting next week to figure out a response to PED’s decision.

Some parents told News 13 they’re worried about their children’s education.

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