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Artesia Public School Board members addressed overloaded classes at APS’ regularly-scheduled monthly board meeting Monday night.

Classes are inflated this school year due to a combination of increased enrollment and staff reduction brought about by legislative budget cuts last year. The cuts led to a cutback of eight teachers in the district.

“They do not value education in Santa Fe,” APS Superintendent Mike Phipps said during the meeting. “They don’t have to sit in a board room and try to balance these overloads.

“We will do what’s best for the kids.”

The school board’s solution to enlarged classrooms comes in the form of a waiver drawn up by Phipps.

The waiver, which requests relief from regulatory injunctions on class sizes, was granted by the Public Education Department under the stipulations of State Senate Bill 97 (which provides school districts with budget flexibility tools). … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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