ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former Grant Middle School principal Edgar Briggs has seen failing students turn their lives around thanks to an after-school sports program that may be dropped as a cost-cutting measure.
“There are life-defining aspects to the mentorship they get,” he said. “They build self-discipline, and kids need that foundation.”
On Wednesday, Briggs appealed to the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education to save middle school athletics, which currently serves 3,400 kids.
He was one of about 20 teachers, parents, students and administrators who addressed various aspects of the district’s projected $25 million budget reduction during the meeting’s public comment period.
Earlier this month, the board approved a tentative budget proposal that lists a number of unpopular options, including the middle school athletics cut, reduced employee work days, bigger classes and a heavier high school schedule.