Albuquerque, NM, Dec 10, 2010 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner today attended the ribbon cutting and dedication of the expanded classroom facilities at the Anansi Charter School in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico north of Taos.
During the event, Brunner said, “Because of increased demand for services, Ananzi Charter School was clearly outgrowing its space. USDA was able to step in an provide the financing for their expansion.” Brunner added, “This project is a great example of how the federal government and local communities can partner to provide educational opportunities for our children and support a community educational institution.”
USDA Rural Development provided a $1.8 million loan through its Community Facilities Program to pay for the expansion and rehabilitation of the 7,000 square foot facility.
The USDA funding, in addition to $300,000 from the State of New Mexico, paid for the upgrade of classrooms, administrative offices, library, restrooms, storage areas, playgrounds, parking lots, and pastoral open space. As a result of the expansion, the school plans to allow the facility to be used for public community meetings, and will continue to be make the library loan system available to the public.
The educational focus at the Anansi Charter School is on early intervention, rigorous academics balanced with a strong social emotional learning curriculum, the development of communication skills, integration of the arts and high parental involvement.
Currently, the Anansi Charter School provides education for students in kindergarten to fourth grade with plans to include 5th grade classes now that the facility has been expanded. 90 students currently attend the school.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov