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Rio Rancho schools ask staff to pull the plug on appliances

Danielle Todesco
March 16, 2017 10:16 PM

The Rio Rancho Public School District says it is faced with a loss of about $4 million in funding, and district leaders admit that they are scrambling. But their latest creative solution to save money — focusing on coffee pots, microwaves and other small appliances — has backfired.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Rio Rancho teachers and staff received a memo from the district that said it would remove those personal appliances from the classrooms if the staff doesn't do it themselves by Friday.

District leaders said many teachers complained. Then Thursday morning, leaders revised the memo. Now, Rio Rancho Public Schools Chief of Staff Gary Tripp says they are just trusting the staff to figure out ways to reduce their power usage and asking them to turn off lights and unplug appliances at the end of each day.

"It's real sad, but we're counting nickels and we're trying to save dimes and trying to do whatever we can to try to get every child educated until May 23 of this school year," Tripp said.

He said they also froze the district's spending last month to save money.

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