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Community questions sought for APS superintendent finalists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Do you have a question for the Albuquerque Public Schools superintendent finalists?

APS has launched an online form for students, parents, staff and others to submit their Qs. You can find it at APS.edu. The four finalists will be addressing some of the community’s topics at upcoming virtual forums.

People are being asked to submit their form by Monday at 5 p.m.

WEIGHT OF WORDS: The district had been grappling with bringing students back on to campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic and, earlier this month, during an hourslong discussion on school reopenings, Board of Education member Peggy Muller-Aragón rallied for in-person learning to begin.

At one point, when she was talking about students failing to have their needs met, she said, “the ramifications to these children are going to last a generation. I mean, we just cannot commit ‘educational genocide’ on any of our kids.”

Asked about her choice of words, Muller-Aragón told the Journal, “I don’t know if I should have said it in a different way.”

“I think a lot of people put ‘genocide’ with what happened in the Holocaust, which is a horrible genocide of a whole group, a whole ethnicity and so that is how people think of it, but what I’m talking about is the decimation of children’s education,” she said.

She stressed that she is seeing kids who are suffering academically, mentally and emotionally, but she said, “who knows, maybe there could have been a better term and ‘decimation’ could have been a better term, but (genocide) is what I used and you can’t unsay something that you said and people can’t unhear it.”

SCHOLARSHIP OPEN: The Arc of New Mexico has a scholarship opportunity for New Mexicans with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help boost higher education, especially for those pursuing special services and occupational training.

Eligibility requirements and the application can be found at Arcnm.org. The deadline is March 1.

APS CLOSES ON BUS DEPOT: In November, APS closed on a deal to buy a building and land on Osuna Road for $11.7 million, money generated through a mill levy and bonds. Formerly used by Wagner Equipment Co., the depot will be used as a hub for school buses, allowing the district to move out of leased locations.

APS officials said that will save the district some $700,000 annually. It was a long time coming as the district has been waiting for this 127,290-square-foot building for about five years, standing by for Wagner to move out. Additional transportation hubs are also in the works.



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