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Taos Alternative High School To Relocate

Jul 31, 2015

 

This week the superintendent for the Taos school district announced her final decision to relocate the alternative high school. The shakeup has caused teachers to quit, and some students said they’re being left in the lurch.

Megan King is 17 and just completed her junior year at Chrysalis, the alternative high school in Taos for at-risk students. 

The school is being relocated from its rural location, which King calls a sanctuary, to a wing at the regular high school where she refuses to go. She said she’s unsure when or how she’ll graduate, and move on with her life.

“I don’t even know. All the stuff that I had planned and college and everything else is basically taken away, because I don’t know what’s going to go on," she said. "So my plans are kind of holdback now, and I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

King said she’s always been bullied in regular public school because of her learning disabiites and health issues, which made her depressed and suicidal. 

Superintendent Lillian Torrez said she’s moving Chrysalis to the other high school, because it’s in the best interest of the students.

The local teachers union said Torrez is acting outside of her authority and that such a move requires public hearings.