Edgewood Moving Forward

The following was received from Edgewood Moving Forward:

In response to the Edgewood Town Council’s Resolution 2014-01, we have formed a group called Edgewood Moving Forward.  Our goal and mission is to create an Edgewood School District separate from the current school district.  We have a vision for our children’s education.  We invite you to learn about this vision at the town hall meeting that will be held on Saturday, April 12th at 3:00 pm at Edgewood Middle School.  We believe this is the time for Edgewood to Move Forward and take charge of our childrens’ future. We hope to see you there. 


**Please help spread the word about this meeting. Please forward this email to friends and family that might be interested in attending. Thank you.

 

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Alternatives To School Closures

Here’s another “infographic,” which could be used to some extent by the Moriarty-Edgewood Board Of Education and the district superintendent to help work out a non-closure solution to the dilemma in which the district is said to “find,” itself.  It is understood the district has, “Well-prepared and effective teachers who can support diverse learners.”

We repeat, from yesterday’s article: The proposal by the Moriarty-Edgewood School District administration is to close 40% of the elementary schools in the district.

Feel free to right-click on the image and choose, “open link in a new window,” for a larger and clearer image.

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Debunking The Myths Of School Closures

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.

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This Did Not Happen .. Why Not?

Below, you will see a replication of a document sent to some parents from the school administration of the school their child or children attend.  The document bears the typed name of Tom  Sullivan, the Superintendent of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District (MESD).

The text of the document seems to be an attempt to set the stage for helpful and honest dialogue regarding possible solutions to the finanacial conundrum in which the MESD finds itself.

Sadly, we find from the document there are several promises made which remain unfulfilled. Those unfulfilled promises serve to harm the announced transparency of the MESD Superintendent, and the governance provided by the MESD Board of Education.

Why are the citizens of the MESD left wondering why the words of the document were not carried out?  Was it because of secret instructions to the superintendent by an unknown person or a group of persons?  Or were the promises contained in the words of the attachment purposely ignored due to some mysterious and sinister reason?  Or … was the failure due to an extended lapse of memory on the part of the document’s author?  So many questions — So few answers.

You decide:

Dear Moriarty-Edgewood parents and staff,

As you likely know by now, the District has been facing some serious budget and facility problems which, unfortunately, now require prompt attention. We have lost 2,000 students in the last 12 years- over 40% from our highest enrollment point.

During a series of both staff Advisory Committee and public meetings, we have identified a number of options to address the crisis- virtually all of them requiring school closure(s) and identifying other appropriate, alternative uses for existing District buildings.

Although almost everyone recognizes the need for drastic action, no one wants it be their own campus that is selected. While this may be understandable, it creates its own set of additional problems. I absolutely believe certain decisions have to be made NOW to at least stabilize the District’s finances, while more comprehensive, long term planning can then be undertaken. Problems that were 12 years in the making can’t be totally solved between now and August, 2014; especially those that would require major overhauls to curriculum, staffing patterns, facility design, transportation etc.

The MESD Board of Education has scheduled several more public meetings in the next month- the evenings of Dec. 10, 17 and January 21 (emphasis added) at the very least- at which they will continue to weigh options and listen to the school community.

Please try to understand that whatever the final outcome, it will be driven by the Board’s efforts to do what is necessary for the well being of the District as a whole.

Sincerely, Tom Sullivan

Well, we all now know the MESD Superintendent and the MESD Board of Education did not wait to make the decision to close two schools until or after January 21, 2014; but hurried to make the changes on December 17, 2013.

Given the failure of the superintendent and his and the board’s actions is it any wonder that parents, citizens and officials of the Edgewood community give little to no credence to anything they have done or will do in the future,

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Edgewood Resolves To Form New School District

This evening the Town Council of Edgewood, New Mexico passed Resolution 2014-01 calling on the Edgewood community to organize and plan for a new school district.  If successful the Edgewood Independent School District(?) would result from the Moriarty-Edgewood School District (MESD) being diminished in geographical and demographic terms.

The meeting was presided over by Mayor Brad Hill and town council members Sherry Abraham, John Abrams, Chuck Ring and Rita-Loy Simmons voted unanimously for passage of the resolution.

The action by the council follows a previous and current attempt to close the only elementary school within the corporate limits of the Town of Edgewood.  Citizens without school children, parents of school children and some district educators have urged town action in order not to have to face continuing efforts to shortchange the Edgewood community children, parents and school employees.

The two-page resolution will be filed with the New Mexico Public Education Department at the earliest possible time.  A signed copy of the resolution can be found below.

EdgewoodSchoolClosurePage1Resolution2014-01EdgewoodSchoolClosureResolitionPage2Also see: New Flash

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Edgewood Chamber: Insty Message, School Closure

     Edgewood Chamber of Commerce
insty message

 
Please make every attempt to attend the
School Board Meeting Tuesday December 17
at 6pm in the Moriarty High School Board Room.
The members of the School Board are considering
how they will fix a badly bleeding budget.
Closing a couple of schools and moving 6th graders to the Middle school are part of the solution.
Our problem is that they are thinking about closing
the ONLY Elementary School in the  Town of Edgewood.  We have been working very hard to attract new business to our area to create better paying jobs and help our general economy.
Do you know what it looks like when the ONE Elementary School in the actual Town of Edgewood is being closed down?
The school that is actually the star in the school district, with high evaluation grades?
If this is something you want to discuss further with the School Board and Superintendent Tom Sullivan,
I have attached their contact information at the bottom of this mini-blast.
Please, as members of our business community, contact board members, the superintendent, and
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort who has helped in the past.
Tom Sullivan: District Superintendent: 505-330-2600
Todd McCarty: School Board President
505-400-8478   McCarty@mac.com
Audrey Jaramillo, School Board Vice President:
Albert Chavez: School Board Member
505-239-2674  a2011sbm@yahoo.com
Elisabeth Howell: School Board Member
505-903-9762 paranch@q.com
Senator Sue Wilson Beffort
505-514-8667 or 505-292-7116
sue.beffort@nmlegis.gov

ECOC Belated Friday Blast (FRIDAY 8/20/10)

POSTED AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

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Friday Blast
Passing on the Baton
Robin had planned to share with you her plans, however in preparation for her mother’s surgery, she was not able to get done all she wanted.
She is presently transitioning to an Ambassador position with the Chamber of Commerce. She plans to make herself available to encourage our members, however she needed a change in her life in order to help her family, so she has stepped down as Executive Director.
You are not left without a Director. I, Sheri Cox, have stepped into the position. My intent and desire is to help the members be as successful as possible. I am happy to answer your questions. If I don’t have an answer…I’ll get one for you.
In the mean time, I look forward to meeting or speaking with each of you very soon! I am in the office from 11 – 3 Monday through Friday. You can reach me there at 505-286-2577 or by email at sheri@edgewoodchambernm.com
Change on the Horizon
You may or may not know…
The Board of Directors has made some decisions regarding the Chamber which they believe will help them to better serve you, the Members. Their desire is to help you, as business owners, be as successful as you can. They also want to make sure you are getting the best value for your money.
The big change is regarding the office. In September we will serve you from a virtual office.
On Friday September 10 we will begin the move out of teh current office space. Our contact information will remain the same.
This change means we will no longer have meeting space available for meet and greets or for business meeting or mixers.
We would like to find a meeting room approximately 800 square feet for eveing meetings. It will need access to tables and chairs as well as high speed internet. If you have an idea or have space to DONATE for this purpose please contact the office between 11 and 3 Monday through Friday by calling 505-286-2577. Or you may send an email.
If you have questions, you may feel free to contact the Board of Directors President, Tony Scott at 505-281-6332 or send him an email.
Run Rally Rock
What do Runners, Pancakes, Parade, Arts & Crafts, and wild animals all have in common?? That’s right…RUN RALLY ROCK!
It’s happening THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (August 28 and 29) at Wildlife West in Edgewood!
We still have room for 5K runners. You can register online, at the office, or just show up. The cost is $20 per runner. Registration begins at Wildlife West at 7 am on Saturday morning.  Be there to get your numbers and t-shirts and be ready to go when the race starts at 8 AM! Runners are treated to pancake breakfast afteward!
Pancake breakfast is 8:30 – 10. Knights of Columbus is preparing at the Amphitheater at Wildlife West. If you are NOT a runner, you may purchase yoru breakfast for only $4. They’ll be serving juice and bacon with the pancakes!
If you’re in the parade or want to be, lineup begins at 7 am at the Elementary School. If you haven’t yet signed up….HURRY, we dont’ want to leave you out! Parade begins at 9.
Vendors may set up beginning at 5 pm on Friday or at 7 am on Saturday. The show starts at 10 and runs until 4 or 5. We do still have room for you! You may participate Saturday OR Sunday or BOTH. Information only $50 for 1 day, $75 for 2 days, Product sales $75 for 1 day, $100 for 2 days. We are not taking any more food vendors.
You may go to the Chamber page to register to run, vend, or participate in the parade. You may visit the same page if you wish to sponsor the event in any way!
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the office (505-286-2577) 11 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday!
Make it a great week!
Sheri Cox
21 Pine Ridge Road, Sandia Park, NM 87047, USA