ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In an attempt to reach more people in less time, Albuquerque Public Schools is hosting its first-ever radio call-in program to answer questions about how the state’s budget crisis is affecting the classroom.
The program will air Wednesday on KANW-FM (89.1). Screeners will field phone calls and write down the questions, which will then be answered on air by the APS trio of Superintendent Raquel Reedy, Board of Education President David Peercy and APS Chief Financial Officer Tami Coleman.
“We’ve had dozens of public meetings, and at many of those we’ve had more staff than members of the public,” APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta said Monday. “People are busy. They work, have activities, children. There’s only a limited amount of leisure and free time in a person’s life.”
The call-in program format will allow people “who have never had the luxury of time to attend a meeting” to ask questions about the district’s budget and related concerns, she said.