APS budget meetings set for this week

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Public schools in New Mexico are set to get a big boost in funding this year, including APS.

The district’s current budget is $628 million. That’s about $17 million more than last year.

On Tuesday, officials began drafting the district’s annual budget and they will hold a public meeting about where that money will be going.

Some of it has been earmarked for 3 percent raises for school workers. And with the additional money, schools could hire more teachers.

Over the last six years, APS has eliminated 1,000 positions which has lead to larger class sizes.

“Hopefully you’ll see some smaller class sizes next year. And teachers – all public school employees – will be receiving a 3 percent increase in their salaries,” said APS financial officer Don Moya.

The first of four public meetings will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dennis Chavez Elementary at Barstow and San Francisco. For more details on the meetings, click here.

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