RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science, the state’s top-ranked school, is making another attempt to open a location in Rio Rancho.
AIMS filed paperwork with the state Public Education Commission on Tuesday seeking a charter authorizing a new site in Rio Rancho. If the PEC approves the charter request, AIMS could launch in the city by fall 2019.
It’s the latest salvo in a long-running battle between the high-performing charter school and Rio Rancho’s school district.
In 2014, AIMS received a waiver from then-Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera allowing it to open at UNM West without applying for a new charter. Typically, charter schools must be reauthorized if they expand outside their original district.