Ruidoso Schools operational fund takes hit for lack of textbook funding
A lack of appropriate funding for instructional materials for middle and high school students has got the Ruidoso Municipal School District dipping into operational funds to provide necessary textbooks for students.
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#1 Jan 27, 2014
*sigh* Yet another cry for the beleaguered Ruidoso Municipal School District.
If it isn't funding, its competency, if its not competency, its a lack of supplies and paper, if its not a lack of something its something else. I'm sorry but when is the taxpayer going to have a say in what happens with the money that is "supposed" to be going to our schools?
Lets take out the unicorns and rainbows that the School Board and others would like you to believe and see the reality of it.
1. A School Board who has been rocked with scandal and dubious projects and expenditures.
2. A former Superintendent who was "quietly" removed by paying out the rest of her contract and a rather large sum to boot.
3. An utterly useless money saver in requiring the lower grades to start school at 7:35am despite the fact that many districts have ruled this practice of no value and evidence points to it even being a greater waste (you see the buses picking up one student on many stops) that's a savings to the district how?
4. Now wanting to "extend" the school year but failing to remember that this is a tourist town and the times that they want to start will coincide with the tourist season, meaning more police, more avoiding traffic, and of course more water and resources and a greater burden to the families in more clothes, less vacations with their children, not to mention child burnout on standardized tests.
There are MANY more problems, but this covers the major points. I urge every parent out there to please take a look at what is being done in the Ruidoso Municipal School District. You think the City Council is bad? I think that's the one thing this trainwreck of a school district managed to teach and that's how to be just as noncompliant and corrupt. It's bad enough New Mexico is 48th (or 49th) in education, and if you saw the numbers for what the Ruidoso Elementary schools rank (49th out of 89 districts in the state). Its enough to make any parent doubt any initiative whether Federal, State, or School Board.
At this rate the only thing the Ruidoso Municiple School District is going to end up awarding by graduation is a parole.
#2 Jan 28, 2014
How many members of the school board have a decree or any college education?
#3 Jan 28, 2014
Barbara Gladden has a degree but you are correct, there is an utter lack of any educational skill or directive on the part of the School Board. And as such its the equivalent of asking directions from the donkey peeking through the fence, rather than asking for directions from the Gas Station not a block past the fence.
#4 Jan 28, 2014
When Gov. Martinez appointed Hanna Skandera as Secretary of Education, the appointment was considered a controversial one by most Democrats. I concur: she appears to be way behind the times and all too willing to award contracts to textbook companies whose material is cost-prohibitive to low-income based school districts.
It can be said that fast fish thrive in warm water, slow fish in cold. She is not a fast fish or she would move quickly to propose educational tricks and techniques to outsmart the greedy textbook producers. College students have figured out how to share textbooks, for example. How about teachers and administrators proposing shared material? Teach half the class a year's worth of subject matter half the year, then switch it and the book to the other half the class for the rest of the year? Cuts the need for and cost of textbooks in half.(Back in my day, fast fish teachers looks at the teaching material, rewrote it in their own way, then photocopied it or put it on an overhead projector in class.) Or, better yet, get their noses out of the books and switch to computer/iPhone as their teaching tool? Don't tell me the family can't afford a dollar a day to pay for the digital medium of their choice when they buy sodas for a buck or coffees for four bucks everyday. The future is not in books going home with students.
#5 Jan 28, 2014
That is nothing Skandera is about to cost the State of NM 60 million dollars due to the fact that she purposefully kept NM out of compliance with special ed rules to save money back when they cut the funds to the schools. The hearing is in three months from the federal government .They will decide how much the fine will be .It could go from 0 to 60 million dollars.They have a knack for tripping over dollars to pick up pennys.
Since: May 10
#6 Jan 28, 2014
It's shameful that our students and educational programs have to suffer a book shortage because of other foolish expenditures, blockhead politicians, and paying off the lawsuits caused by getting rid of unsavory hirees.
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