RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – As Rio Rancho anticipates the arrival of President Donald Trump, the city has decided to close Rio Rancho Pubilc Schools, as well as all City of Rio Rancho offices and facilities on Monday.
The Rio Rancho Police Department headquarters will be closed Monday as well, but law enforcement services will continue as normal. The Rio Rancho Municipal Court and Sandoval County offices will also be closed on Monday.
In a news release sent out Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. V Sue Cleveland states that following a meeting with officials, up to 25,000 people are expected attend President Donald Trump’s September 16 rally at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Officials are expecting high levels of traffic throughout the city starting around 11 a.m.
The release also states that due to traffic concerns, as well as the safety of students, school has been canceled for all Rio Rancho Public Schools Monday. Officials explain that Rio Rancho Public Schools uses a three-tier bus system, meaning each bus runs three separate routes and that a delay in one route results in delays in following routes.
Though officials considered early release for students, transportation would still be impacted by traffic. Dr. Cleveland states that this decision will not impact the Public Education Department’s required instructional hours as students are provided more hours of instruction than are required.
“We truly have no way to know the level of impact this could have on our schools or transportation; however, as we consider the potential of students being struck at school or unable to get home, we believe this is the safest decision we can make based on the information we have,” said Superintendent Dr. V. Sue Cleveland in the news release.
President Trump will be speaking at the Santa Ana Star Center for a one-night event on Monday, September 16. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Parking is limited and once the lot is full, vehicles will be turned away from the area. Officials also want to remind those attending that there is no overnight parking in the City Center.
Any vehicles parked in or along roadways will be towed. Citizens who are not attending the event are asked to please avoid the City Center area. Commuters should also expect heavy traffic and delays going to the City Center and in the hours before the event.