City Council approves 2003-04 budget

PNT Staff The Portales City Council met for a special session meeting Tuesday night and approved a roughly $13 million budget for the 2003/2004 fiscal year. The only major difference in this year’s budget from last year is some $137,000 that will go to fund various additions and improvements, including police cars and road equipment, […]

Budget shortfalls lead to staff cuts

By Mike Linn Portales schools will lose two administrative positions and five years worth of savings to balance their budget, officials said on Monday. The Portales Municipal School Board approved the tentative budget by a 3-1 vote, citing unfunded government mandates to raise teachers’ salaries as reason for the cuts and draining of cash reserves. […]

School Board discusses budget

PNT Staff The Portales School Board met Tuesday night and discussed a tentative budget for the 2003/2004 school year that has been dwindled thanks to unfunded federal mandates set forth by the Legislature. Murphy Quick, principal at Portales High School, said that even after scraping for funds Portales Municipal Schools could be in the hole […]

Legislature leaves schools frustrated

By Mike Linn Local school board officials are frustrated about the disbursement of Legislative funds for new federal mandates that promise to increase teachers’ salaries and other expenses next school year. The amount the New Mexico State Department of Education (NMSDE) has designated to Portales Municipal Schools for salary hikes and yearly expenses will leave […]