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ABOE nears Polston sale, McBee promoted

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Potential Polston property purchasers will address the Alamosa Board of Education (ABOE) on Thursday in a special meeting after being turned away on Monday night.

Since the sale of the Polston property was not an agenda item, about a dozen citizens were unable to share their thoughts on the parcel’s future. After Monday’s open meeting and executive session, the ABOE set the special meeting for 6:30 a.m. tomorrow to allow interested parties to make their claims. The ABOE requested each party utilize a spokesperson to prevent comment repetition.

It is anticipated the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) will present their plans to establish the Rio Grande Healthy Living Park, which has been in the works for a number of years. Local businessman Dan Russell should also bring his plan for an R.V. park to the table, which includes increasing public parking and a small fishery operation.

In other district news, the ABOE named Alamosa Elementary Assistant Principal Christy McBee the new Alamosa Elementary 3-5 Principal for the coming school year. She will replace Jeff Bilderbeck, who announced his retirement earlier this spring.

The ABOE approved an out-of-state-travel request for the State Forensics Champion Kate Taylor to travel to the National Forensic League’s National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala. in June. Taylor is the first Mean Moose in the school’s history to participate in a forensics tournament of this level.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Alamosa High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club has qualified for the National FBLA Conference. Last year, qualifiers did not attend, but the ABOE approved a request to send the 2013 contenders to Anaheim, Calif. at the end of June.

Alamosa School District (ASD) Superintendent Rob Alejo also shared the recently released state school funding numbers, which will be further reported in a future edition of the Valley Courier. The ASD, however, will have approximately $13,724,851 state dollars for the 2013-2014 school year, a 2.7 percent increase.

“It’s a flat line, rollover budget from last year,” Alejo said.

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