Last chance for public to weigh in on APS budget

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Tuesday night is the last public input meeting about the new Albuquerque Public School budget.

Parents, students, community members are highly encouraged to come to the meeting at Ernie Pyle Middle School to hear the latest plans for the APS budget and share their own ideas.

Officials say the turnout for past meetings has been light, but they hope more people come out to give as much feedback as possible.

APS could be getting millions more compared to last year to pay for things like utilities and teachers. The APS budget is set at $1.3. billion for the 2014-2015 school year. There is a total of $17 million more than last year for the operational fund.

With the increase in funds, schools could get more teachers. Lawmakers have also approved a three percent salary raise for public school workers.

APS officials say comments at previous meetings have varied.

“We had one parent very interested in knowing how to better fund bilingual education, we had other parents asking how APS would be better equipped to advertise to compete with charter schools, others ask about student-teacher ratio,” said Monica Armenta of APS.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be at Ernie Pyle Middle School on Valdora Road in southwest Albuquerque.

Governor Susana Martinez is expected to sign the state budget Tuesday.

The APS budget will be implemented July 1.

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