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Rio Rancho Public Schools, New Mexico

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Rio Rancho Public Schools
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Sue Cleveland
Enrollment:17,225 students
Graduation rate:84.0%[1]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $165.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Carl D. Harper
Board members:5
Term length:4
Rio Rancho Public Schools is a school district in New Mexico that served 17,225 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2][3] This district is the third-largest by enrollment in the state of New Mexico.

About the district

Rio Rancho Public Schools is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

Rio Rancho Public Schools is located in Sandoval County, New Mexico. The county seat is Bernalillo. Sandoval County is home to 136,575 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]


Sandoval County overperformed compared to the rest of New Mexico in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.1 percent of Sandoval County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.6 percent for New Mexico as a whole. The median household income for Sandoval County was $58,116 compared to $44,886 for the state of New Mexico. The percentage of people below poverty level for Sandoval County was 13.2 percent while it was 19.5 percent for the state of New Mexico.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Sandoval County (%) New Mexico (%)
White 79.3 82.9
Black or African American 2.6 2.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 13.5 10.4
Asian 1.7 1.6
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or more race 2.7 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 36.9 47.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.3 45.2
2008 56.0 43.0
2004 48.0 51.0
2000 46.9 48.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Rio Rancho Public Schools is Dr. Sue Cleveland. Cleveland has served in this position since the creation of the district in 1994. In February 2014, the school board extended her contract through June 30, 2017. She is paid an annual salary of $151,880 per year.[7] Cleveland previously served as superintendent of Cherokee County Schools in South Carolina and has held various teaching and administrative positions. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico, master's from New Mexico State University, doctorate from the University of Houston and did post-graduate work at the University of South Carolina.[8]

School board

Rio Rancho Public Schools schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to four-year terms.[9]

Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Don J. Schlichte 1 2001 2017
Carl D. Harper 2 2011 2015
Martha Janssen 3 2013 2017
Divyesh N. Patel 4 2007 2015
Catherine Cullen 5 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Rio Rancho Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Rio Rancho Public Schools board of education are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held the first Tuesday in February every odd-numbered year.[9] Two seats are up for election in 2015 and three seats are up for election in 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Rio Rancho Public Schools board of education does not maintain a specific policy on public testimony during board meetings.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Rio Rancho Public Schools:[11]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $101,906,420 61.5% $0 0% $39,856,107 24.1% $18,340,043 11.1% $5,470,107 3.3% $165,572,677
Averages: $101,906,420 62% $0 0% $39,856,107 24% $18,340,043 11% $5,470,107 3% $165,572,677

Teacher salaries

Rio Rancho Public Schools employed 1,032 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

As of December 26, 2014, Rio Rancho did not provide detailed salary information for teachers on their website. However, the full negotiated agreement between the board of education and the Rio Rancho School Employees' Union is available.[12]

Schools in Rio Rancho


Rio Rancho served 17,225 students in 19 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] The district does not publicly maintain historical enrollment data.

District schools

Rio Rancho Public Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Rio Rancho Public Schools
Cielo Azul Elementary
Colinas Del Norte Elementary
Eagle Ridge Middle
Enchanted Hills Elementary
Ernest Stapleton Elementary
Independence High School
Lincoln Middle
Maggie Cordova Elementary
Martin King Jr Elementary
Mountain View Middle
Puesta Del Sol Elementary
Rio Rancho Cyber Academy
Rio Rancho Elementary
Rio Rancho High
Rio Rancho Middle School
Sandia Vista Elementary
Shining Stars Preschool
V Sue Cleveland High
Vista Grande Elementary

Contact information

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Rio Rancho Public Schools
500 Laser Road
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Phone: (505) 896-0667
Fax: (505) 896-0662

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