Velarde’s Fate Still Looms


Suspense has mounted for over a year about whether or not Velarde Elementary School would be open to students this school year. A recent decision has given some parents hope that their fight has ended but EspaƱola School Board members haven’t thrown in the towel, just yet.

Velarde Ordered To Stay Open


This past Thursday, August 7, EspaƱola Public Schools representatives appeared before District Judge Jennifer Attrep to present evidence as to why Velarde Elementary School should close. Judge Attrep was assigned the case after School Board members voted to close Velarde in 2014 and then Secretary of Public Education Hanna Skandera ordered the school to remain open. News broke this weekend that Judge Attrep ruled in Hanna Skandera’s favor but the school district intends to appeal. Read more in this article.


Rio Arriba Summer Service Program Honored


Rio Arriba Summer Service Program Honored The Velarde Elementary School K3+ staff and students want to thank the staff the Rio Arriba Summer Service Program for all the meals they provided this summer. The students greeted the program staff each day with a “Smile” and a “Thank you!” This week, they honored staff with a card […]