District is one of nearly 50 across state to get full funding

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FARMINGTON — The Bloomfield School District will offer a state-funded summer learning program for elementary students for the first time this year.

The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that Bloomfield and 49 other school districts throughout the state have been fully funded for their participation in the K-3 Plus program, a summer education program that aims to help economically disadvantaged students and low-performing schools in both literacy and math, according to an April 16 press release from PED.

The district also was selected to pilot an expanded program for students going into fourth and fifth grade for the next school year, the release states.

Superintendent Kim Mizell said the program aims to fight summer learning regression, when students lose progress on learning over the summer break.

“With students that will be in this program, we won’t have the summer loss and the regression, and they can forego the month-long review of last year’s standards” at the beginning of the fall semester, Mizell said, adding that the program “really gives you almost a month jump-start on the grade-level content.”

The district's federal programs director, Patricia Marquez, said the program will support 25 days of learning for 240 elementary students in Bloomfield. The program will run from June 25 through Aug. 2 and will be housed at Central Primary School.

Marquez said the summer program will have two classes in each grade and that students in the program will continue with their summer school teacher through the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year.

Principals will decide which students will participate in the program, and Marquez said she encourages interested students and parents to approach their school officials for more information.

Bloomfield received $312,827.62 in state funding to start the program, Mizell said.

The state has allocated approximately $28.7 million for this year’s program, which will provide summer support for more than 22,000 students, according to the PED press release. The 2018 head count is the highest since the program began in 2007.

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621 or mpetersen@daily-times.com.

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