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Governor Bill Richardson Announces $1 Million Recovery Act Award For New Mexico Classrooms

Discretionary Award To Purchase Interactive Whiteboards in 10 School Districts

SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson today announced a $1 million award to purchase interactive whiteboards in New Mexico classrooms which will help teachers engage students using cutting-edge technology.

The award is funded by discretionary money made available to the Governor as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“I’m pleased to dedicate yet more Recovery Act funds to education in New Mexico,” Governor Richardson said. “This award will help teachers do their jobs and keep students engaged. A strong education system is critical to the future well-being of our state, and this is a good investment that will help New Mexico students and teachers.”

Interactive whiteboards allow teachers to show items from a computer’s desk top, including video, Web sites or other applications. The technology also allows teachers to record and store lessons for later review, which can help students who are absent, and those who need to see the lesson again as well as help in exam preparation.

“This award is a real boost for classroom teachers, who will have access to better technology to accentuate learning and motivate students already familiar with information technology,” Secretary of Education Susanna Murphy said. “This award can help students develop crucial workplace skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking, while using the same technology used at many companies and businesses.”

The award should purchase about 400 whiteboard units, including interactive screens and projectors. 

The awards will go to the following 10 school districts:

  • Chama Valley Independent Schools
  • Dulce Independent Schools
  • Espanola Public Schools
  • Jemez Mountain Public Schools
  • Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools
  • Las Vegas City Public Schools
  • West Las Vegas Public Schools
  • Pecos Independent Schools
  • Pojoaque Valley Public Schools
  • Santa Fe Public Schools

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