ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Public School board voted to approve the budget for the next school year. The vote came after nearly two hours of emotional discussion.
With a 5 to 1 vote with one school board member abstaining, the board moves forward with the budget proposed by the district’s chief finance officer. Instead of a 2-percent budget cut, the district will be planning for a flat revenue scenario.
APS says fewer teachers are needed because of a steady loss of students over the years.
Despite all of this, the district is still short $13 million.
Officials say they plan to cover the bulk of that by cutting 52 positions, some of which are vacant, which would save nearly $5 million, and by reducing work days from 260 to 256 for year-round employees, which would result in a savings of a little more than $1 million .
Officials also say another $1 million would be saved by reorganizing the gifted education program.
School Board President David Peercy wanted to make it known that this “reorganization” does not mean a cut of the gifted services program.
Another $1 million will come from eliminating some of the current technical support positions to create better paid but fewer tech support positions. The idea is to attract more qualified applicants.
Officials say they expect to take another $5 million from the reserves fund to help cover cuts in 2017-18.
If APS is cut more than it anticipates in the special session this week, they will have to find more ways to save money.
For a closer look at the proposed budget, click here.