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Gallup Letter

Gallup Letter

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STATEOFNEWMEXICOPUBLICEDUCATIONDEPARTMENT300DONGASPARSANTAFE,NEWMEXICO87501-2786Telephone(505)827-5800
HANNASKANDERA
SECRETARy-DESIGNATEOFEOUCATION
SUSANAMARTINEZ
GOVERNOR
June11,2012Ms.MavisV.Price,PresidentBoardofEducationGallup-McKinleyCountySchoolsP.O.Box1318Gallup,NM87305RayArsenault,SuperintendentGallup-McKinleyCountySchoolsP.O.Box1318Gallup,NM87305DearMs.PriceandMr.Arsenault:OnMay9,2012,theGallupMcKinleyCountySchools(GMCS)districtsubmittedarequestforapprovaltocloseTohatichiMiddleSchool,NavajoMiddleSchool,andCrownpointMiddleSchoolandapprovalforacorrespondingreorganizationofgradelevelstoaccommodatetheproposedschoolclosings.TheGMCS'ssubmissionindicatedlocalboardofeducationapprovalonMay11,2012.Aftercarefulconsiderationofthedistrict'ssubmission,theanalysesprovidedbyNMPEDstaff,andtheinputofTheNavajoNation,IamDISAPPROVINGtherequestforthereasonssetforthbelow.Therationalefortherequestwasstatedas"[d]uetoreducedfederalfundsandfacilitiesnotbeingutilizedtoefficientcapacity...."TheGMCSsubmissiondoesnotsetforththeexpectededucationalbenefitsoftheproposedschoolclosuresandcorrespondingreorganizationofgradelevels,asrequiredby6.29.1.9(F)NMAC.AlthoughtheGMCSrequestisclearlybasedonbudgetaryissues,Staterulesneverthelessrequirethedistrict"tooutlinetheexpectededucationalbenefits."IamalsoconcernedregardingtheapparentlackofcommunityinvolvementregardingtheGMCSproposal.Therequesttocloseschoolsandreorganizegradelevelsrequiresthoughtfulconsiderationoftheeducationalbenefitsthatareexpectedtoresultfromtheproposedactions.Further,thisconsiderationmustadheretotheletterandspiritoftheIndianEducationAct(Sections22-23A-letseq.NMSA1978).Therequestindicatesthatthe"schoolboardinvolvedthetribalgoverningbodyortribaleducationdepartmentinthefinaldecisionregardingtheReorganizationrequest."Althoughthematterappearstohavebeendiscussedatpublicmeetingsofthelocalboardofeducation,thereisnodocumentationtosupportaconclusionthatthelocal
 
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11.2012
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boardofeducationinvolvedTheNavajoNationDepartmentofDineEducationinthefinaldecision.AnundatedandunsignedstatementfromTheNavajoNationexpressesconcernsthatadequatetribalconsultation/collaborationtakeplacebeforesignificantdecisionsaremade.Iacknowledgethelocalschoolboard'seffortstomakefiscallyprudentbudgetarydecisions.IfthelocalschoolboardbelievesthattheproposedactionswillresultineducationalbenefitsforthedistrictanddeterminesthatitwillpursuethisrequestforSY2013-2014,Istronglyencouragethedistricttoconductanin-depthanalysisoftheexpectededucationalbenefitsandtoengageinmeaningfuldiscussionswithTheNavajoNationandmembersoftheaffectedcommunities.
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HannaSkanderaSecretary-DesignateofEducationHS/JRE
 
NewMexicoPublicEducationDepartment
ReorganizationofGradeLevelslEstablishingandClosingSchools
Noticetodistricts:Reorganizationmayhaveanimpactonaschool'sAYPdetermination.Theschoolimprovementdesignationforneworreorganizedschoolswillbeatwostepprocess.
Instructions:
Pleasecompletethisformelectronicallyandsubmititviae-mailtoJuliaRosaEmslie,juliarosa.emslie@state.nm.usfromtheSuperintendent'sordesignee'se-mail.Note:theboxesautomaticallyexpand
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Superintendent:_R_a~y,-A_r_s_e_na_;u_lt_District/School(ifapplicable):GallupMcKinleyCountySchoolsMailingAddress:640SouthBoardmanlP.O.Box1318Phone:505-721-1051Fax:505-721-1133ST:NMZip:87301Email:rarsenau@gmcs.k12.nm.usSecondaryContact:-'Mc.:..:..::::axc.:....:..._P=erc..::e~z___________Title:AssistantSuperintendentMailingAddress:640SouthBoardmanlP.O.Box1318ST:NMZip:87301Phone:505-721-1007Fax:505-721-1133Email:mperez@gmcs.k12.nm.usIsthisarequestforanewsite?
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Yes""NoIfyes,providecompleteaddress(Street,number,city,zip).Isthisarequestforaclosure?
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Ifyes,providecompleteaddress(Street,number,city,zip).DateofSubmission05.09.12EffectiveDateofReorg08.13.12Doeslocalschoolboardpolicyrequireboardapprovalpriortothisrequest?
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Yes
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NoIfyes,hasboardapprovalbeenobtained?
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Yes
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NoDateofBoardApproval105.11.12
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InaccordancewithNMSA22-23A-(1)through(8),theIndianEducationAct:
Istheschooltobeaffectedontriballands?""YesONoDoestheschooltobeaffectedserveaNativeAmericancommunityorsubstantialpopulationofNativeAmericanstudents?""YesONoAretriballandslocatedwithintheboundariesofyourschooldistrict?""YesONoIfyestoanyofthequestionsabove,hastheschoolboardinvolvedthetribalgoverningbodyortribaleducationdepartmentinthefinaldecisionregardingthisReorganizationr~uest?""YesONo
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