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APS enrollment decreases by 1,650

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools’ enrollment was down 1,650 students from the previous year, according to recently released numbers.

A 40th-day count, which doesn’t include charter schools, showed enrollment totaled 80,109 students for the 2019-20 school year, roughly a 2% drop from the year prior. In 2018-19 there were a total of 81,759 students on the 40th day.

Enrollment affects how much money districts get. But APS spokeswoman Johanna King said average counts on the 80th and 120th day of the prior school year are used to determine funding.

So, enrollment changes don’t affect funding for the current year and it’s too soon to project how enrollment will impact the 2020-21 budget, she said.

PRE-K CLASSES GET FIVE-STAR RATING: A handful of Albuquerque Public Schools pre-kindergarten classes were designated with five-star ratings by the state Public Education Department.

Five pre-k teams from four schools – A. Montoya, Bel-Air, Lavaland and Los Ranchos elementaries – were the first in the district to attempt the verification process, according to a presentation made to the Board of Education.

In April, the classrooms underwent a verification process including reviews, observations and interviews. And all five teams were recognized as five-star classrooms.

NETWORK PROJECT COMPLETED: A Wide Area Network project is expected to save APS millions and cost the district nothing.

In 2016, the tech department started planning to modernize the district’s network to an “ultra-high speed fiber network” to meet growing need and save money.

Fast forward to this year, the project was completed in October and it’s expected to save the district $3.7 million a year.

According to chief information strategy officer Richard Bowman, the final net cost to the district will be $0 because of federal and state funding.

Unite Private Networks was awarded the request for proposal for the effort.

Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 

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