Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Elementary Schools Implement Stipends.

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

* District finds $60,000 in its operating budget to compensate teachers for extra responsibilities

Rio Rancho Public Schools is awarding $60,000 in stipends to elementary school teachers to use personal time for work purposes.

The district, which is pressing the state Legislature to fund teacher preparation periods in the elementary schools, found the money in its operational budget to give each of its elementaries $10,000, associate superintendent James King said.

Site councils at the schools, which are made up of staff members and parents, decide how the money is divided, King said.

"We didn't have enough money for every staff member," he said. …

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