Schools to bring $5 million bond to voters in February

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At the school board meeting Monday night, the five-year plan for San Antonio School was approved. According to Superintendent Randall Earwood, the plan for San Antonio has been discussed for several months.

A district committee convened for a five-year master facility plan for the district, and the district is going for a $5 million dollar bond in February, he said. If the bond passes, $1.6 million will be dedicated towards a new school for San Antonio. The bond needs to pass in February in order for all priorities for San Antonio School to be accomplished in the next four years, he said. To build a new school, it will cost between $4 million and $5 million dollars.

President of the school board Ann Shiells said she would like to use $60,000 of the money for the playground at Parkview Elementary School ADA accessible.

During the public forum, grandparent Fred Hollis said he supports the five-year plan and wants to keep the school as new. He said the children at San Antonio have a lot of compassion. Even though San Antonio is a small school, it is in a great community and he wants Socorro's support.

"We would like to support the five-year plan and we would like to keep the school in San Antonio," Hollis said.

The plan was approved by the school board as was the $60,000 to be used for the playground at Parkview.

"Educationally, I think about the children with small school instruction," Shiells said. "They will be overlooked in the Socorro schools. If we build a safe learning environment, it's a win-win situation. If you strengthen communities, you strengthen partnership."

Socorro High School teacher Lillian Trujillo, who is also on a state-wide committee, gave a presentation about Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC will replace the Standards Based Aseessment Test, Earwood said. New Mexico is one of 46 states to adopt PARCC, and all schools will have the test in all grade levels, she said.

Colleges will be able to use PARCC as a placement test, she said. According to PARCC's website, the test will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal from third grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The test will be ready for states to use by the 2014-2015 school year.