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Nonprofit leader: New flyer system strikes out

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Joshua Price, president of Lobo Little League, usually starts pushing registration at the beginning of the year – mainly by passing out flyers at Albuquerque Public Schools. But a shift to digital flyers is leaving his nonprofit with some checkbook woes.

While APS used to allow the distribution of paper flyers, it has moved to digital platform Peachjar to disperse information. The district said Peachjar is less cumbersome and more eco-friendly.

But Price is finding it more expensive. He said the fees to distribute the flyers digitally is expected to cost Lobo Little League about $700 for 15 schools – a hefty price tag for a baseball organization that runs on donations.

Price reached out to APS but district staff told him the cost to distribute digital flyers should be comparable to the cost of printing color flyers, suggesting he pare down his distribution.

However, the Lobo Little League president said his goal is to reach as many kids as possible.

The way Price sees it: this move was a swing and a miss.

MESSAGE FOR THE HATERS: It was an eventful APS Board of Education meeting at the start of the year.

Three board members were sworn in on Jan. 2 with the typical pomp and circumstance: raise hand, take the oath, give a short speech.

Well, that’s what it was for District 1’s Yolanda Montoya-Cordova and Barbara Petersen of District 4.

Peggy Muller-Aragón? She delivered quite the lecture.

Speaking for over 20 minutes, she had bones to pick with a long list of things like tax hikes, executive session during meetings and union agreements. For reference, the other members spoke for about five minutes or less.

“Too often we continue to allow collective bargaining contracts to supersede our children’s needs,” she said.

The District 2 representative kicked off her next term with fierce criticism about what she thinks is missing the mark in education, such as superintendent contracts that aren’t tied to student outcomes.

She slammed the February 2019 mill levy and bond election, saying she was against such a big ask.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal in early 2019 that cumulatively would have raised their property tax bills by about 5%.

“It’s too bad though that we had to waste a million taxpayer dollars … and that’s OK in this building,” she said about conducting the special election.

And she had a message for the haters, touting her re-election “despite the union, despite the mayor, despite the administration helping my opponent.”

CHECK IT OUT: The Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is working to make sure every APS third grader gets a library card.

The city of Albuquerque says over 3,000 third graders kicked off the new decade with their first public library card.

This month, cards are expected to be given to students at 13 elementaries. And last month, the Public Library issued new cards to 735 third graders at 11 elementary schools, according to a news release.

Thousands of cards have been issued to third-graders in total.

Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 

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