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EXTRA CREDIT: Board votes ‘no’ on new charter school

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education said “no” to a new charter school looking to come to Albuquerque.

Voz Collegiate Preparatory Charter School was being proposed for the 87109 ZIP code, billed as a fourth- through eighth-grade college prep school that also caters to a student’s identity.

While several board members praised the school’s application and proposed governing council, the board of education voted 5-2 on Wednesday night to deny the application, with varied reasons.

For instance, District 4 board member Barbara Petersen, who voted no, said her questions ranged from her broader concerns of charters – bringing up hurdles with finding proper facilities or too much of a focus on marketing – to concerns over the fourth- through eighth-grade model.

School officials say they are planning on appealing that decision to the state secretary of education.

FIRST FEMALE HEAD OF SCHOOL: Earlier this month, Bosque School, a private school in Albuquerque, welcomed its first female head of school since its founding in 1994.

Jessie Barrie became the fourth head of school at Bosque.

Barrie, who originally hails from Canada, used to be the Lead Academic Chair and Central Leadership Team Member at the Albuquerque Academy, and held an executive role for an education nonprofit before that.

SPELLING BEE CHAMPS: New Mexico students were among nine co-champions of the 2019 National Spanish Spelling Bee.

Maximiliano Hultsch Martinez, a student at Red Mountain Middle School in Deming, and Miriam Arias Arcineda, a Van Buren Middle School student in Albuquerque, were two of the top spellers at the bee that was held in Denver in July.

Forty students competed in the competition, which lasted seven hours.

Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 

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