Bernalillo County: APS afterschool programs will not be cut

Created: 05/21/2014 8:13 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Bernalillo County deputy manager said "bad communication" was to blame for a letter that led parents to believe some APS afterschool programs would be cut.

The letter stated that the county would no longer provide programs at 10 elementary schools: Adobe Acres, Barcelona, Edward Gonzales, Helen Cordero, Kit Carson, Los Ranchos, Mission, Navajo, Rudolfo Anaya and Sierra Vista.

But during a meeting Tuesday night, Deputy County Manager Vince Murphy said the schools will still have the afterschool programs funded by the county, but they will now be run by a different provider.

"There's no loss of funding. The letter was not clear and I apologize for that. That's my fault. I sent out a bad communication," Murphy said.

He also said Bernalillo County is actually working with APS to identify gaps in services.

"There was never an intent to pull back, in fact, I think we're trying to raise the quality of service," Murphy said.

The county says they'll be taking bids from providers who want to take over the afterschool programs.

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