APS asks for public's help with preparing budget

Created: 03/04/2014 6:51 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In the past six years over 1,000 positions in Albuquerque Public Schools have been cut. So many shutter at the word "shortfall".

APS has a $658 million dollar operation fund for the 2014 fiscal year.

The Financial Director Don Moya says even though they got 30 million dollars more from the state, the district still comes up $7 million dollars short. That’s 2 million more than last year.

“The incremental increase in our fixed cost continues to out-strip any increase in revenue, in that respect we are very much behind the eight ball,” he said.

Despite the short fall, Moya says they are still looking to hire 80 more teachers to reduce class sizes.

“I don't think there is going to be any positions cut,” he said.

But something does have to be cut.

Moya says they are looking at several options including cutting summer school classes for middle and elementary school students.

Moya says they are also looking at pulling money from the district's cash reserves to make up for the shortfall.

But he says he wants the community to weigh in as well.

“Public education is every body's job, it’s not just APS's job, not just the Board of Education's job, not just the teachers job, not just my job,” Moya said, “It’s every body's job.”

Moya says teachers are still going to get their 3 percent pay increase, something that hasn't happened in years.

A spokesperson for APS says the financial plan does not have much flexibly. These meetings are presentations of what will be the new budget.

Tuesday’s meeting was at Dennis Chavez Elementary. The remaining meetings are at:

  • Thursday, March 6 at LBJ Middle School, 6811 Taylor ranch Drive NW
  • Monday, March 10 at the Alice & Bruce king educational complex, 6400 uptown Blvd. ne
  • Tuesday, March 11, at Ernie Pyle middle school, 1820 Valdora  Road SW.

All meetings are set from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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