Office of the Superintendent

    Dr. Veronica C. Garcia   Dr. Veronica Garcia
Superintendent
Santa Fe Public Schools

610 Alta Vista Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505

(505) 467-2003

vcgarcia@sfps.k12.nm.us  

Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia's Speech to the Class of 2020



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Please see the below letter from Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia to our Santa Fe Legislative Delegation, regarding the LFC staff's funding proposal:
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Please see the below letter from Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia in support of HM 1 OPPOSE DISMISSING STATE V. YAZZIE LAWSUIT: CLICK HERE


Congratulations on Completing a Historic School Year!! And, What's Next?!?

Today is the official last day of school. I stand in awe of you. You have been the anchor in the turbulent waters that we sought to navigate, meeting the challenges that this pandemic has wrought with courage, grace, and a can-do attitude.

You put our students and families first, bringing a creative and much-needed sense of normalcy to them. 

You taught classes and ran meetings while some of you had children tugging at your sleeves, and dealt with the dog barking and the spaghetti water boiling over on the stove. Life was happening while you converted your homes into classrooms and offices.  For all you have unselfishly done, I sincerely thank you.

We end the year with the announcement of record-high graduation rates for 2018-19.  Congratulations to the high school leadership, faculty, and staff who got this cohort of seniors across the finish line. Congratulations, as well, to everyone in the district who started this cohort of seniors on the path toward graduation 14 years ago--the kindergarten teachers, the encouraging counselor, the friendly face of the bus driver, the sweet smile of a nutrition service worker, and that special adult who mentored and supported our students. Our board of education, which supports our policies and initiatives, and our community partners also had a hand in this success.  

It takes a village to get our seniors to where they are today. Our most recent graduation rates are the fruits of our collective hard work.  It's legacy work, and I thank you!

So, what's next for our district?  We are building a budget, which is a plan for how we will spend the resources we anticipate receiving, which includes $2.6 million in new revenue. The numbers are difficult:  We have a $6.5 million shortfall, not including an anticipated $1 million shortfall in instructional materials.  Mandated raises with benefits will cost over $4 million. 

We presented a balanced budget to the board last week that includes the raises mandated by the legislature.  (If you get a chance, watch the budget presentation given at the Board Finance Subcommittee Study Session held on May 14th.)  Negotiations with our two unions are underway. 

We are doing everything we can to keep cuts away from the school sites. The district will receive $2.6 million from the Cares Act, but we don't know for sure what the costs from the pandemic will be.  Though funding can be used to save jobs, it is needed to cover current and anticipated costs associated with the pandemic.  A laundry list of acceptable uses spans a broad spectrum, from supporting students to instructional materials.   One thing we do know, the costs of re-opening in the era of COVID-19 will be significantly higher. 

The legislature will meet in June to make adjustments to the state budget, which means we will need to adjust the district's budget or spending plan in June. As a side note, the budget is adjusted throughout the year in the form of budget adjustment requests (BARs).  For example, we submit a BAR to the board for new money received from a grant or a reduction in the unit value.  Once approved, these go to the PED for approval.  In many ways, due to the many unknowns, we are building a budget somewhat in the blind. 

During this special legislative session, we will advocate for no cuts to education and will continue advocating for cutting add-on programs before cutting salaries. 

Next, what about re-opening in August?  The PED has set up a statewide task force. Our own Julie Lucero, Executive Director for Special Education, was appointed by the Secretary of Education to serve.  I would imagine that the task force will take input. The task force, along with the Department of Health, will set guidelines for re-opening schools across the state. On Saturday, I gave the Secretary of Education my laundry list of issues to consider when re-opening. I hope the statewide task force will consider my input. 

We've also begun internal planning on re-opening and will set up our own task force to seek input on areas in which we will be given latitude.  Again, so much is still unknown. 

Finally, what about commencement?  We are planning virtual ceremonies with drive-through parades after June 19th. As soon as NM Health Orders allow mass gatherings,  we will conduct in-person events, timing them with when our graduates will most likely be in Santa Fe. 

As you can see, I have a lot on my mind this morning. Foremost, I must say out loud that I have an amazing leadership team that supports me, equally awesome principals, assistant principals, faculty and staff at the schools, a committed board of education, and a community that supports the Santa Fe Public Schools. Our students and families are unique and special; they are the reason we show up every day.  I could not be more blessed.

It's my honor and privilege to serve as your superintendent. 

We will remain in communication with you over the summer break.  Be well and stay well! 

In gratitude, 

Veronica



Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia speaks about Budget and Graduation Rates

Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia

Click here to listen to the interview.



Remote Learning Coming to SFPS

Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia wrote a column in the Albuquerque Journal about the remote learning at Santa Fe Public Schools, which begins Monday, March 30th.

Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia

The Santa Fe Public Schools is blowing up the concept of how teachers teach and students learn.

On Monday, March 30, we will launch an ambitious remote learning initiative in response to school closures. To our families and students: Hang on to your hats! The educational journey will be bumpy. To our community: We are setting in motion unparalleled change in how we do business.

To read the rest of the article, click here.




Distance Learning Resources for Families

Click the button below to go to the Distance Learning Resources page.

Click here to go to the Digital Learning Resources page


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Coronavirus Preparedness On March 27, Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and PED Secretary Ryan Stewart announced that New Mexico public schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. While we are not physically in school, instruction, food distribution and more are continuing. Please visit Our Coronavirus Updates Page to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Click here to go to the Distance Learning Resources pageDistance Learning Devices/Dispositivos para aprendizaje a DistanciaFree Food Distribution for Kids/Distribucion de Alimentos Gratuitos
Wellness Resources for Parents and Guardians

Coronavirus Hotlines and Resources

The Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Public Education Department has established the below hotlines for your use related to COVID-19:


- Health-related issues COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453
- Childcare, food insecurity, supplies, loss of income:  1-833-551-0518 - CHRISTUS St. Vincent Info Page (Spanish) : Click here - Santa Fe Public Schools would like to remind students and families that free behavioral health services via video conferencing and telephone calls are available to all SFPS families through our partnership with The Sky Center. Any family seeking support is encouraged to schedule an appointment. All services are free to members of our community with a child in the household between the ages of 0-23.  If you are concerned about depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, suicidal behavior, or other behavioral health issues, please call The Sky Center at 505-473-6191. - Earth Care New Mexico - Click here to view their Mutual Aid Resources



Santa Fe Public School Coronavirus Updates

Santa Fe Public Schools is always working to provide you with the latest information and preparations. Click the button below for updated info.


Coronavirus Updates


The Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Public Education Department has established the below hotlines for your use related to COVID-19:
Health-related issues COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453
Childcare, food insecurity, supplies, loss of income:  1-833-551-0518
The Office of the Governor and the New Mexico Public Education Department has established the below hotlines for your use related to COVID-19:
Health-related issues COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453
Childcare, food insecurity, supplies, loss of income:  1-833-551-0518



A Letter From Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia

Esteemed Faculty and Staff,

The Governor of New Mexico has declared a statewide health emergency.  She has encouraged that fans and family members watch the NMAA tournament games on TV from home; the whole family should not go.  
She has also asked that individuals voluntarily choose to not attend large events.

The NMAA says it will keep the public updated on any changes to the State Basketball Tournament.  If you would like to watch the tournament from home, all contests will be streamed live via the NFHS Network (www.nfhsnetwork.com) for a subscription fee of $10.99.   You can listen to the games live, for free, via KSWV radio. Go Demons! Go Jaguars!

In a preponderance of caution, I want to reiterate that all out-of-state and country travel that is sponsored by SFPS is prohibited.  Beginning tomorrow, all field trips are cancelled until further notice.

The District leadership and I have developed a Pandemic Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery Procedural Manual.  Tomorrow, I will be providing all staff with more guidance.  But I assure you that the District is well prepared for other developments that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

We continue to keep a close watch on the evolving situation with regard to the coronavirus. We are following the lead of the New Mexico Department of Health and the Public Education Department; the DOH website, at https://cv.nmhealth.orgis still the best place to go for up-to-date information and medical facts about the coronavirus in our state. 

Some basic facts are worth repeating.

  •             Prevention is our best approach to coronavirus. 
  •             If you feel sick, stay home. 
  •             Continue to practice good prevention techniques: Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer.  Avoid shaking hands.  Don’t touch your face.  Cover your coughs and sneezes.

We are encouraging all Santa Fe residents to enroll in Alert Santa Fe, an emergency notification system that will allow the city to provide important information quickly, efficiently and accurately. You can find Alert Santa Fe at https://www.santafenm.gov/alertsantafe

Health care professionals and officials advise us that this is an ever-changing situation, that more changes will occur and that more measures will be needed in the days, weeks and months ahead.

We will continue to look to DOH for additional guidance, provide regular updates as we get them and announce additional measures as the situation warrants. 

Please check the DOH website for information at https://cv.nmhealth.org/

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for all you do for the students and families of the Santa Fe Public Schools.  I appreciate you so very much.  Be well.

Best regards,

Veronica C. Garcia, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Santa Fe Public Schools


  Santa Fe schools seek new approach to truancy  
   Matt Dahlseid/The New Mexican
Matt Dahlseid/The New Mexican
 
   

To curb chronic absences, Santa Fe Public Schools is working with the state Children, Youth and Families Department, law enforcement and courts to align a districtwide response to truancy.

This school year, Superintendent Veronica García created a task force of social workers, mental health professionals, police officers, judges and other community leaders involved with the truancy process.

Read the full article on the Santa Fe New Mexican here.

 


  Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia named Honorary Member of Santa Fe High School Boxing Club   
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 SFHS Boxing Club
 
  Pictured from left: Coach Roger Ferguson, Maria Rivas, Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Delmi Mazariegos Ariana, Isaiah Sanchez  

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Superintendent Dr. Veronica C. Garcia recognizes the January Teacher and ESP of the Month

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Superintendent Dr. Veronica Garcia Speaks After Truancy Leadership Meeting




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Alexandria Sanchez painting
Superintendent Veronica C.
Garcia attended the 8th
Annual Reach for the Stars
Reception and purchased
this oil painting by one of
our SFPS student artists,
Alexandria Sanchez a
student at Santa Fe High
School.
 PED Secretary Ryan Stewart
Superintendent Dr. Veronica
C. Garcia meets with new
PED Secretary Ryan Stewart
at a Community Conversation
on Education.
Stephanie Hubley and Veronica C. Garcia

Dr. Garcia with student at table
Rally portrait 2019
Student Nutrition

Dr. Garcia on bus with student
Volunteer Appreciation
Jennifer Kennedy
Nancy Olivares









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