Rio Rancho cuts last day of school due to budget crisis

Rio Ranch Public Schools
Rio Ranch Public Schools

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho is dealing with budget cuts in an interesting way.

The school board voted unanimously to cancel the last day of school for students but not teachers and staff.

They say a big factor in the decision is the cost to transport all the students. While they couldn’t say specifically how much would be saved, they say buses travel more than 6,000 miles a day.

The district says it will still meet the required hours for students.

Parents KRQE News 13 spoke to say they support the decision.

“It’s terrible we are in a budget shortfall and our kids are being impacted and their education is being impacted, but as long as the kids can get the education that is mandated then that’s the important thing,” said parent Daniela Cole.

Another factor in the decision was that the last day came on a Monday and it’s always hard to get kids to return for just one day after a weekend.

The last day of school was Monday, May 22. Now, the last day for Rio Rancho Public Schools is Friday, May 19. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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