Iowa firm to study site of Belen Family School

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Belen Board of Education chose a Dublin, Ohio, educational facility planning firm to create educational specifications for Belen Family School.

The document is needed to provide the Family School with a facility, either building one new or renovating an existing facility that fits the school's educational programs.

Family School has been housed in Rio Communities at the Valley Improvement Association building for the past two years after its building on East Side School Road was condemned at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

DeJONG-RICHTER was chosen by the Board of Education at its Oct. 25 meeting to develop educational specifications for $29,400. The planning firm estimated to have the specifications completed in three months, according to the project proposal.

These specifications will outline the status of educational activities at a school, as well as those desired for the future, and how a facility can accommodate those, the proposal states.

The report will describe goals and outcomes, activities needing to be completed, who is being served, spatial relationships of programs, equipment and technology needs and special considerations needed, the proposal states.

The final report will be presented to the board of education for its review.

The company has completed 260 educational specifications for elementary, middle and high schools in the past 18 years, according to their project proposal.

In New Mexico, they've worked on Los Lunas High School's educational specifications in 2009, Las Cruces High School's educational specifications in 2007 and Raton Elementary School's educational specifications in 2009.

In other business, the board:

• approved bid recommendations for the carpet and tile projects in Belen High School's band and chorus rooms. TFC Construction from La Joya was awarded the carpet project for $11,005, and Ray's Flooring from Albuquerque was awarded the tile project for $2,645.

• notified attendees of preliminary discussions concerning the purchase of the former ALCO building on 620 E. Reinken Ave. Board President Sam Chavez said the board "is still a long way from making a decision on whether to purchase the building."

• heard from George Perea, business and finance director, who reported he completed the year-end budget report for the 2010-11 school year and turned in the information to the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Chavez said the school district was behind on reporting this information to the state, and Perea finished the task, which was over a years worth of accounting "in the last few months."

• heard from representatives from the New Mexico Public Education Department who evaluated the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 program funding Belen High School's Career Technology Education.

The Perkins IV program supplements federal funds for the career academy, according to PED's website.

After a visit to BHS on Oct. 25, representatives suggested the career academy work on integrating academics into CTE lesson plans, tying in CTE standards and benchmarks with that of the state's lesson plans and increasing the number of organizations CTE belongs to.


Contact Abigail R. Ortiz