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Albuquerque Public Schools could cut much more than sports

Apr 18, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Middle school sports being cut is just one of many possible setbacks for Albuquerque Public Schools.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2pelXR7 ) Tuesday that Superintendent Raquel Reedy told the school board the district is struggling to cover a "staggering" projected budget cut.

Reedy says eliminating competitive basketball, volleyball and track and field would save about $600,000.

She also says larger class sizes, a heavier high school schedule and reduced employee workdays are options to make up the deficit.

The state education department says the district is spending $1.4 million each year on public relations and lobbying, which could be cut to save elsewhere.

The district claims it only pays about $680,000 for that communications staff.

A vote on the cuts is scheduled for May 22.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com