Event this Saturday, October 23rd!

Friends,

Have you voted for RRPS School Board yet? Time is ticking and EVERY vote counts. I appreciate your support and your efforts to ensure I can contribute my expertise and care for the students, families, and staff of RRPS.

I want to make you aware of an event I will be having at my home this Saturday, October 23rd from 10 am to noon. This drive-by and drop-off $5 event supports Justice Julie Vargas and Justice Brianna Zamora to qualify for Public Financing for their elections in 2022. Please consider supporting two deserving appointed justices to keep their seats.

Thank You Marilyn Salzman!

As your former District 6 Rio Rancho City Councilor, I am honored to endorse Gary Tripp for the Rio Rancho Public School Board of Education, District One.

The beautiful park on Riverside Drive in the River’s Edge II subdivision exemplifies the great things we can do when our community comes together.

While I was working as a City Councilor with the River’s Edge community to develop this beautiful park, Gary Tripp and his staff were making Rio Rancho High School the first high school in New Mexico to receive the rating of Exemplary by the NM Public Education Department.

Gary is a proven leader who will work tirelessly to make our excellent school district reach new heights. Our children and grandchildren deserve a dedicated, proven educator on our school board advocating for their needs.

Vote Gary Tripp starting October 5 at the Sandoval County Administration Building.

Still serving the community I love,

Marilyn Salzman

All Students Need Quality Broadband Service

Quality broadband service is essential for learning. We must ensure all students have convenient access to quality broadband everywhere in Rio Rancho, whether they are in the school building or learning virtually.

In the Fall of 2020, I was on a team with other former school administrators that examined students’ lack of broadband in their place of residences throughout New Mexico. We delivered our findings to the state legislature to assist members as they move forward on this critical need.

Here are our most important findings:

  • A portion of our student population is homeless, and some students live in two residences because of divorce or other circumstances. These students need computers and high-speed broadband wherever they may live or stay in order to do their schoolwork.
  • My research revealed how difficult it is for school districts to get quality internet into residences such as apartment complexes and trailer parks.
  • Even if families have access to an inexpensive internet plan, these plans eventually expire. In areas with high poverty rates, internet providers may not even offer special deals because they are not profitable.
  • The lack of affordable quality broadband hits students at Title 1 schools especially hard. These schools serve areas where a higher proportion of students receive free or reduced-price lunches.

As your school board member, I will work to make quality broadband available to all students in our community regardless of their living arrangements or socioeconomic status.

Our research demonstrated that although we face daunting challenges, they can be overcome. Administrators and teachers at Rio Rancho Public Schools know that working with parents, the city council, and the county commission, we can give every student the tools and technology they need to succeed.

Elect Gary Tripp

Gary is ready to serve our community like he has done in his 38 years of public service in Moriarty, Rio Rancho, and statewide as NMAA Executive Director.

Former Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Tom Sullivan puts it best:

I have known Mr. Gary Tripp both personally and professionally for over 35 years. As an educator and colleague, I have seen him seamlessly transition through a variety of roles and responsibilities over those years.

I watched him lead his Honors Civics students at Moriarty HS to multiple State championships and national recognition; and Gary followed that with years as the successful Principal at the largest HS in NM—Rio Rancho.

My respect for Gary grew further while he served as the Exec. Director of the NM Activities Association—often an even more challenging and diverse body than the legislature itself!

He consistently led that organization to consensus positions on such controversial issues as a school’s classification and group competition assignment, or how to appropriately provide access of Charter students to join local District teams.

There is no lack of ego in rooms filled with school Superintendents and athletic directors, yet Gary led the organization through such minefields with grace and fairness.

While I do not live in Rio Rancho, I can assure those who do that he would be an outstanding choice for that community if he were elected to serve on the Rio Rancho School Board.

Sincerely,

Tom Sullivan, Retired Superintendent