ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Public Schools suddenly has more than $6 million to spend, and officials say some of it will go back to employees who took pay cuts.
The district cut the $6.6 million in anticipation of state budget cuts. Well, those never came to fruition so now the board is putting money back.
In the spring, district officials grappled with how it was going to deal with a reduced budget from the state.
You may remember, one proposal was cutting middle school sports, which put community members and board members into a frenzy.
In the end, the district decided some year-round employees would take a 1.5 percent reduction in salary.
Under the plan approved Wednesday night by the board, $570,000 will go back to salaries.
In another plan, $1.5 million will go to summer programs and the K-3 Plus program that received cuts last summer. The board voted 6-1 to approve the allocations.
Board member Peggy Muller-Aragon was the only one to vote no. She says the board should have spent more time deciding how it would distribute the money.
“I think we should be adding more to the classroom where it touches the children and not to the bureaucracy,” she said.
Some board members also expressed concerns over the budget in the future, saying we’re not out of the woods just yet.
To see a breakdown of the allocations, click here.