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RR city council considering resolution supporting AIMS charter school

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Two Rio Rancho city councilors are sponsoring a resolution that would show public support for the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science charter school’s efforts to establish a campus in the city.

The full council is scheduled to vote on the resolution Wednesday night. Councilors Chuck Wilkins and Mark Scott, who are sponsoring the resolution, have been vocal about their support of the school. The charter school wants to use two classrooms at the University of New Mexico West Campus in Rio Rancho next school year for 40 sixth-graders.

However, Rio Rancho Public Schools superintendent Sue Cleveland and other district officials are opposed. They say putting college and middle school students together is a bad idea. Cleveland, who sits on the UNM West advisory board, has also said it’s not a good use of the space and will inhibit the campus’ growth. AIMS officials have said the location is temporary until they can find a permanent home in Rio Rancho.

The City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at 3200 Civic Center Circle.

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