The intent of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District Board and the superintendent for the district is to close 40% of the elementary schools in the district. Thus far they have been denied this drastic measure by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED). They have attempted to further or bolster their case with supplemental submissions which are now being considered by the PED.
We are posting the “infographic,” found below because we believe it contains valid points against school closures. This infographic and others to follow were developed when massive school closures occurred in several large cities in the United States. Not everything contained in the infographic series will be applicable to this district, but each infographic provides food for rational thinking.
Last evening, in spite of, or perhaps because of, much citizen input, the Moriarty-Edgewood School Board (MESB) voted to close Edgewood Elementary and Mountain View Elementary schools. One board member, Audrey Jaramillo, voted against the closure.
Merry Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At this point it doesn’t feel much like Merry Christmas. It feels like a stick in the eye.
What is the next step or steps for the parents with children in the schools and the teachers and staff of both schools? Maybe the MESB wins this battle, but the citizens affected will carry-on to reverse the closures … or not?
Whatever happens, it will not bode well for the school district, the parents, teachers, staff and citizens of Edgewood and parents, teachers and staff of children attending Mountain View Elementary.
Pray for everyone feeling the negative impact of this decision and pray for a reversal sooner rather than later.
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