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East Mountain High returning to APS umbrella

The Independent of Edgewood, New Mexico

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After five years of being authorized by the state, East Mountain High School's governing council voted 8-1 on May 19 to return to the Albuquerque Public School District as its authorizer.

The decision was in part a financial one, with the possibility of replacing the school's existing buildings, according to Doug Wine, the school's principal.

"Capital was a primary reason, but it wasn't the only one," Wine said, adding, "The support services APS can provide would be worth the move."

Wine said APS has the capital funds "to possibly help us build a new state-of-the-art high school."

East Mountain's plan to expand to adding a middle school is currently on hold, Wine said.

East Mountain had been authorized by APS from the school's opening in 2000 through 2010.

The school got proposals from both the state as well as APS, and met with APS superintendent, Winston Brooks.

"We met with both sides and made the choice to go with the authorizer that would best support the next steps of the school," Wine said.

As a New Mexico charter school, East Mountain High School must renew its charter every five years.

Because of its physical location in Sandia Park, the school must select one of two available authorizing agencies, either its local school district, which is Albuquerque Public Schools, or the state Public Education Commission.

East Mountain will submit its charter renewal in October, and upon approval, the new charter would take effect July 1, 2015.

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Original Publication Date: June 4, 2014

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