Messages from the Superintendent

September 8, 2021

Dear FMS community,
Farmington Municipal Schools (FMS) is aware of the conversations at the federal, state and local level about Critical Race Theory (CRT). FMS does not provide instruction on CRT and the School Board does not intend to bring forth any action to introduce CRT to our schools.

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) will be adopting new Social Studies standards in 2023. NMPED seeks public input in regards to the social studies adoption, please follow FMS and NMPED on Facebook for updates and links for your opportunity to provide input. The district is committed to equitable practices in which all students should have the tools, resources and content available for individual success.

As the state goes through the social studies standards adoption process, the district welcomes healthy discussions on educational topics and issues important to the community. Farmington Municipal Schools will continue to provide opportunities for the public to review textbooks during the curriculum adoption process.

FMS is proud of our diversity where we continue to focus on building inclusive teaching and learning environments. The district will continue to offer an intellectually rigorous curriculum that is reflective of the cultures of New Mexico and our community. Based on the information provided by the NMPED, the adoption process will extend into the 2023-2024 school year, timelines and information can be found here.

In closing Farmington students, families, staff and community should know that we set high goals for ourselves and through our district strategic plan have committed to offering diverse, relevant and rigorous programs and opportunities to all of our students. The public can find the district commitments here.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to me at eschmidt@fms.k12.nm.us

Eugene Schmidt
Superintendent of Farmington Municipal Schools

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