As the 2017-18 school year began for more than 50 million U.S. students, many districts worried how they would get children to school.

  • By Gary Herron
    Staff writer

Expecting to level the playing field and make “equal opportunity” mean something when it comes to attending college, the New Mexico Public Education Department, in partnership with Gov. Susana Martinez, has waived $90 of the $93 fee for high school students from low-income families to take A…

There was no proverbial million-dollar question for the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education at its first meeting of 2018 last Monday evening, but there was a million-dollar answer.

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“I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road, Searchin’ in the sun for another overload, I hear you singin’ in the wire, I can hear you through the whine … And the Wichita lineman is still on the line.”

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Since the announcement that the University of New Mexico West campus in Rio Rancho was officially a unit of the Health Sciences Center, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center CEO Jamie Silva-Steele and her team have been busy making plans for its future.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education listened intently and gave its heartfelt, unanimous approval to two programs in the high schools aimed at keeping some at-risk students on track to graduate, instead of dropping out.

Coincidentally, two National Education Association executives representing the New Mexico collective bargaining unit were in Rio Rancho the same day as PED Secretary Christopher Ruszinski.

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  • By Stephen Montoya
    Assistant editor

University of New Mexico West instructor Dr. Laura Burton looked at an empty classroom at the start of the recent fall semester.

Amanda Aragon, a graduate of Rio Rancho High School in 2005, didn’t need any of the trigonometry she learned in Dan Barbour’s class more than a dozen years ago. It’s not necessary in her role as the director of strategic outreach with the state Public Education Department.

In just a few more days, Rio Rancho Public Schools’ Chief Operating Officer Richard Bruce begins what he’s calling his third career.

  • By GARY HERRON
    Editor

They’re not sure if the students are excited about starting school Friday, but Sandia Vista Elementary Montessori team teachers Tana Gonzales and Jasmine Stewart are thrilled.

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  • By ANN MARCELLI
    Observer staff writer

Eight Rio Rancho middle-schoolers had a unique opportunity in mid-June to become entrepreneurs, thanks to Camp Innoventure, a program run by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center for economic development in partnership with the Sandoval Economic Alliance.

  • Ann Marcelli
    staff writer

Eight Rio Rancho middle schoolers had a unique opportunity this week to become entrepreneurs, thanks to Camp Innoventure, a program run by New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center for economic development in partnership with the Sandoval Economic Alliance.

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  • By ZITA FLETCHER
    Observer staff writer

BERNALILLO — The Sandoval County Commission awarded nine Bernalillo High School graduates with the 2016 Sandoval County Comcast Scholarship.

The Rio Rancho High School marching band showed local residents its competition presentation, "Nightmare," composed by Frank Sullivan, during halftime at the RRHS-La Cueva football game Friday evening at Rio Rancho Stadium.

  • By ANTONIO SANCHEZ
    Observer staff writer

Monday through Friday, seventh-grader Priscilla Salazar wakes up in the morning and gets ready for school. Instead of rushing out the door to catch the school bus, however, she sits at her computer and logs in.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

The Rio Rancho school board on Monday voted unanimously to invite New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera to a future meeting to share its frustrations about the state Public Education Department.

  • By ELAINE BRISEÑO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Nearly three weeks into the school year, Rio Rancho Public Schools officials told the board they are still struggling to fill vacant positions.

  • By ELAINE BRISEÑO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

BERNALILLO — More than 100 parents, tribal leaders, city officials and even the state’s secretary of education came out to celebrate the town of Bernalillo’s new high school Friday morning.

  • By GARY HERRON
    Observer staff writer

In her fourth decade as an educator, Patricia Di Vasto is anxiously awaiting the first day of school, Aug. 17, at Stapleton Elementary.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Suiting up will now come with the possibility of a random drug test for athletes in the Rio Rancho school district.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

A new program at The ASK Academy charter school is helping staff fulfill the school’s mission of showing students what they learn inside their classrooms is relevant in the real world.

  • By ANTONIO SANCHEZ
    Observer staff writer

A collaborative between Sandoval County hospitals, CNM, UNM West and the Sandoval Economic Alliance outlined a goal last week to bring more health care jobs to the county.

  • By ARGEN DUNCAN
    Observer staff writer

Still dealing with side effects of a successful battle with cancer, a Lincoln Middle School teacher catalyzed school efforts that netted more than $1,600 for cancer research and patient support services.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Three teen boys from Cleveland High School have attracted the attention of the FBI and the Secret Service for orchestrating a cyber attack on the Enfamil baby formula website using a school computer, according to a Rio Rancho police report.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education on Wednesday passed a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, which includes new positions at the district office.

  • By GARY HERRON
    Observer staff writer

Nicolette Pacheco couldn’t hide her lingering disappointment Monday afternoon, still hurting because she hadn’t been able — she felt — to contribute to Cleveland High’s Class 6A track & field championship.

  • By MIKE HARTRANFT
    Observer staff writer

Students in the Junior Beta Club at Cielo Azul Elementary made their last few weeks of school count by helping others, collecting over 200 stuffed animals to distribute to foster children taken into the care of Sandoval County Child Protective Services.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Community members wanting to rent Rio Rancho Public Schools buildings and sports fields will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

  • By MIKE HARTRANFT
    Observer managing editor

Karla Walker, an early and tireless advocate for an independent school system and charter member of the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education, became the first inductee into the newly established RRPS Hall of Honor.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

Rio Rancho Public Schools teachers as a group are outperforming many of their peers across New Mexico, according to information released by the state.

  • By ELAINE BRISENO
    Albuquerque Journal staff writer

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education approved new instructional materials for high school English and foreign anguage classes Monday but there was doubt whether there’d be enough money to buy them.