Belen Board of Education: Pino, Quintana re-elected

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Two incumbents will continue serving as the representatives for District 4 and District 5 on the Belen Board of Education.

With 26 votes, Dolores Lola Quintana won the District 4 seat, while Adrian Pino won by six votes against Larry Garley for the District 5 seat.

Garley said he didn’t see anything he could challenge upon checking the ballots and said he won’t contest the results. In Tuesday’s election, Pino received 88 votes, and Garley received 82.

“I owed it to the people that came to vote to do that,” Garley said. “I’m not upset about losing. I’m disappointed in the number of people that came out to vote. It was very disheartening to see less than 200 people voted in an election that’s important.”

Pino wasn’t planning on running for the school board position for a fourth term, but was persuaded by his constituents to see the projects he’s worked on to completion.

“That’s why I ran,” Pino said. “People were hoping I would stay there to make sure these jobs get done, and I don’t want to lose the progress we’ve made or have the money go somewhere else.”

Within the next four years, Pino plans on focusing on the 10 projects listed on the $23.75 million bond, approved by voters in February 2011 to improve Belen school facilities, are finished.

Quintana, who will be serving her third term, has a number of issues she plans to tackle within her next term. These issues include preparing students and teachers for the New Mexico Common Core State Standards, increase the number of resources available to teachers and school staff “to make them successful in their classrooms with their teaching methods,” encouraging student’s who’ve dropped out to come back to school to receive their diploma or a GED and increasing security and safety within schools.

“I want to make sure parents are comfortable when they send their kids to schools,” Quintana said. “I’ve been meeting with principals as far as safety plans as a result of the things that happened in other states. I’m very concerned about the safety of our kids.”


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