Carol Anne Gutierrez, Principal, Village Academy Charter School
Village Academy Charter School still accepting students
New principal Carol Anne Gutierrez says that the Village Academy charter school located at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo is still accepting students as long as space is available. The school is available county-wide to middle school students, grades six through eight. Gutierrez touts small class sizes with only twenty students per grade and significant gains in meeting state standards for academics. The Academy is part of the public school system, so there is no tuition. Breakfast and lunch are also free.
Gutierrez says that the Academy and its strong governance board strive to help the multi-cultural student body achieve proficiency in all subjects to ensure that students are well-prepared for the next level of education. She says that the faculty strives to teach social skills and wants the students to have fun.
September programs for children at the Placitas Library
—Placitas Community Library
The Pre-K Story Hour will be held on Thursday, September 8 and 22 at 10:00 a.m.
The Bilingual Story Hour is Tuesday, September 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m we will have our own pre-balloon fiesta party for kids with stories, balloons, crafts, and refreshments. Our special guest will be Mary O’Nette, the balloongineer, who performs every other Thursday evening at the Flying Star Café in Bernalillo. Mary will entertain the children with stories of adventure and teach them how to make great shapes with balloons. Visit our website for flyers on all of our programs.
Many thanks to all of the children and parents who participated in the Summer Reading Program, “One World, Many Stories.” Over seventy children read three thousand books and enjoyed wonderful programs from all over the world presented by our Children’s Committee volunteers along with special performers, Agalu from Nigeria, Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley, storyteller, The Exotics of the Rainforest, and puppeteer, Carolyn Newell.
We wish to give special thanks to all of our sponsors who donated money and/or services to our program: The Creative Spirits of Placitas, The Flying Star Café of Bernalillo, Deborah Gullo, Yoga Crossroads, Jardineros de Placitas, and The Placitas Artist Series Community Outreach Program.
Join us this fall for more educational and entertaining reading programs.
Bernalillo Public Schools to get $1.36 Million
Representative Hall along with Senators Sapien and Tsosie, announced last month that the Bernalillo Public School District will get $1.36 Million in state funds for renovations and replacements to Bernalillo High School.
The Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC) voted to award the funds to the school district after finding that the district met the standards for a priority-based funding formula.
New Mexico awarded more than $5 million to 16 projects in 11 school districts. The State provides funding for public school facilities by issuing bonds on severance tax revenue related to oil and gas extraction.
The State also awarded $10.8 million for facility leasing assistance to 83 charter schools and 7 public schools in 21 districts, as well as $4.7 million for 8 school roof projects in 5 districts, for a total of $20.5 million in facilities funding.
Representative Hall says, “New Mexico’s standards-based funding process for schools is widely regarded as a national best practice for facility assessment and needs-based funding. This system creates a level playing field for facilities with needs throughout all of New Mexico’s eighty-nine school districts. Facilities across New Mexico’s school districts have improved significantly over recent years.”
PSCOC Chair and LFC Director, David Abbey, said, “New Mexico’s ‘just in time’ facilities funding process first allocates money for planning, which allows school districts to fully define school designs and develop credible and accurate project budgets. A school construction project that is well-defined in advance can be built more rapidly, with greater efficiency, and with greater cost-effectiveness.”
The PSCOC includes the directors of the Legislative Finance Committee, Legislative Education Study Committee, Legislative Council Service, Construction Industries Division, a representative from the governor’s office, the secretaries of the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Public Education Department. Other members of the Council are representatives from the New Mexico School Boards Association, and the Public Education Commission.
More information is available at www.nmpsfa.org.