Insurance paying $400K to repair Aztec schools

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — The Aztec Municipal School District won't have to pay much to repair buildings that were damaged in an August thunderstorm.

Gary Martinez, the district’s finance director, said the school’s insurance company expects to pay $400,000 to fund district repairs.


Under its insurance plan, the district must pay a $1,000 deductible for damage to buildings valued at less than $10 million, and the damage greatly exceeds the deductible, he said.

The storm, which officials initially estimated caused nearly $1.4 million in damage to public property, ripped through northern San Juan County on Aug. 26. It dropped almost 4 inches of rain in some locations, lifting mobile homes off their foundations, and washing mud and silt over roads.

In September, Gov. Susana Martinez declared a state of emergency in the state for existing and future monsoon damage to public property. Her declaration freed up $750,000 to pay for 75 percent of the costs of repairs.