RIO RANCHO – University of New Mexico regents on Monday approved an “agreement in principle” that will allow an Albuquerque charter school to open in a UNM West building in Rio Rancho.
However, regents said they want a report in early May detailing how UNM and the Albuquerque Institute for Mathematics and Science will manage any expansion in the future, including new construction.
The charter school will open next school year to 40 sixth-graders.
UNM West CEO Wynn Goering characterized the charter on the UNM West campus as a “partnership” between the two institutions. AIMS now has one location, on UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque.
Some regents have expressed concern about the pace of the developing relationship. The AIMS-Rio Rancho facility is expected to double in size, to 80 students, next year and Principal Kathy Sandoval has said a new building would be needed by year three.