Belen's Family School rewarded for top grade

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Belen's Family School is getting more than a high five for their academic efforts.

The New Mexico Public Education Department awarded Belen's alternative school an appropriation of $5,083 for receiving an "A" in the state's school letter-grading system.

"It's really an honor to the Family School," said George Perea, the district's director of business and finance.

Family School was the lone school in the district to receive an "A" grade by the state's grading system.

The Belen Consolidated Schools Board of Education approved a BAR budget adjustment to account for this appropriation at its Oct. 23 meeting.

The appropriation, awarded through General Obligations Bonds, will be applied toward instructional supplies and materials needed at the school, Perea said.

Board President Sam Chavez applauded the school for its efforts.

"Family School did a wonderful job on their "A" rating and its well deserved," Chavez said.

In other business, the board:

• A approved a painting project bid for the Belen High School's gymnasium. The bid, awarded to TFC Construction for $26,953.12, will encompass repainting the upper level of the gym.

The painting project will complete renovations to the gym, which have occurred in the past year. These renovations include installing new floors, a roof, cooling system and bleachers.

Frank Ortega, maintenance supervisor, said these improvements will extend the life of the gymnasium by another 25 years.

• Approved a proclamation for the 2013 BCS election calendar outlining the dates of the school board member election.

The election will be held on Feb. 5. Candidates must be submit their plans to run for the board member seats by Dec. 18 and submit their withdrawal of candidacy by Jan. 2.

The two seats that will be filled are representatives for District 4 and District 5, currently held by Dolores Quintana and Adrian Pino.

Voters need to cast ballots at different polling locations, since redistricting implemented changes to those in those districts.


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