Bernalillo County – Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins and the Bernalillo County Commission on Dec. 11 approved $50,000 to help the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired purchase a fence to secure its Albuquerque campus.
The county funding will support contributions from Albuquerque City Councilor Don Harris and the State of New Mexico to fund the fence.
The school’s campus has experienced serious vandalism and security problems since opening in 2010 near Eubank and Southern Boulevards S.E.
The money will purchase a wrought iron security fence that will surround the perimeter of the school including parking lots to prevent vandalism and theft. The school has suffered tens of thousands of dollars in damage to vehicles, windows, signs, and the playground in addition to trash and litter.
The total cost of the fence is estimated at more than $247,000.
“I’m pleased that the county is part of this partnership with Councilor Harris and the state,” says Commissioner Hart Stebbins. “This school provides invaluable, specialized services for our very youngest visually-impaired children and their families to prepare them for the transition to elementary school. This fence will protect the school and students from the senseless vandalism that they’ve suffered over the past few years.”
Families and supporters of the school showed their support for the measure at Tuesday’s board meeting.
“This funding will allow us to move ahead and create a safer environment for some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable children, which will help them gain independence and develop into better students,” school superintendent Linda Lyle says. “I would like to thank the Board of Commissioners for listening to our concerns.”
The New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired serves about 80 students at its Albuquerque campus, in addition to about 800 area students through outreach programs.
The school also maintains a residential campus and day program in Alamogordo.
# # #
Back to news list