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Route 66 has come a long way since consolidation of schools

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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In April 2014, approximately one month before the end of the school year, came the official news Moriarty-Edge wood School District elementary schools would be consolidating. The change would be effective at summer's close, a short three months away. While a daunting and challenging endeavor, we wanted to communicate how far we've come despite the obstacles we faced.

As of today, we have successfully integrated students and staff from Edge wood Elementary and view into Route 66 Elementary School on Barton Road in Edge wood. Route 66's original student census of 240 expanded to 420, a 75 percent increase. Teaching and support staff numbers each more than doubled.

The process of navigating an additional 180 students, their families, space constraints, new staff assignments, setting up new classrooms, logistics, and all the other details have certainly made for an interesting school year. We have progressed from a student drop off and pick up process that had cars in a seemingly mile-long line to one that has families on their way in minutes. Halls with empty classrooms have been transformed into learning labs and active classes; not an inch of the building is underutilized. The breakfast program has evolved to offer children the choice of whether to eat in the cafeteria or play outside an additional 15 minutes. Many students are now choosing to eat at home with their families so they can have the extra time to play in the mornings with their friends.

Thanks to our many volunteers, we have a number of Monday Fun Clubs that offer students exposure to a variety of additional learning opportunities: Roadrunner Reel, Basketball, Running Club, Physics Lego League, Sounds of 66, Bible Class, literacy and Science Clubs to name a few. Currentiy, we have nearly 33 percent of the student body participating in these exciting opportunities.

While change is inevitable, we feel that our school has come very far, very fast given the challenges we faced a short time ago. The families, students, teachers and staff have been incredibly supportive and helpful to make this transition a positive one.

We continually look forward to see how we can work to improve the quality of our school with schedule adjustments, additional fun learning programs and time for lads to play. More deeply, however, we strive to instill a love of learning that will serve them throughout their lives. Our goal is to make our school strong and our community stronger beginning with all of our children.

Lynn Ann Vukonich

Member, Route 66Elementary

School Advisory Committee

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Original Publication Date: March 11, 2015

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