Beginning in 1999, the Gallup-McKinley County School System will have 20 elementary schools, six mid and junior schools and seven high schools. These facilities are located in ten communities situated throughout the nearly 5,500 square mile district (an area roughly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined). The two most distant schools are 100 highway miles apart. To serve its 14,440 students, the District hires 1,850 employees and utilizes 165 school buses. The student body is 85 percent Native American and 15% other. The pupil/teacher ratio is 20.5 to 1. The beginning salary for teachers is $23,450, with a total payroll of approximately $36 million. The Districts operational budget for 1998-99 was $57,932,608.
Several County area schools received the prestigious Pinon Award for Commitment judged and awards by the Quality New Mexico using the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria. The New Mexico Awards Program is the home of the New Mexico Zia Quality Award and Roadrunner and Piņon Recognitions. This award and recognitions are presented to New Mexico organizations that demonstrate performance excellence, improvement, and a commitment to use quality concepts and principles
Gallup-McKinley County Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 27
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