Since the beginning of the calendar year, Santa Fe school board member Rudy Garcia, who is also a county commissioner, has made it to exactly half of the 22 meetings and study sessions the school board has held this year, according records provided by the school district.
Tuesday night’s meeting was another one he missed. And his presence was crucial, as a motion not to take closure of three small elementary schools off the table as a means to address the school district’s declining enrollment ended up in a 2-2 tie.
As a result, closing schools is still under consideration and the board will take up the issue again at its next meeting Nov. 6. But as board members noted on Tuesday, even then they are not sure all five board members will be in attendance. Counting Tuesday, Garcia has missed four of the last five school board meetings.