informs us that the EPISD is searching for a grant to cover the expense of moving the Gene Roddenberry Planetarium when the EPISD offices are vacated in order to move (Dwntwn). The chief financial officer, Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria – the wizard who underestimated just about every project in the quality of life bond (a cultural center for $5.9 million? talk to Albuquerque and try $40 million+…) – states that “funding for the planetarium was not included in the 2016 bond or in the yearly budget, “which makes finding a new home for it more challenging.” Neither she nor the reporter asked or explained why.
The planetarium is named for the El Paso-born creator of Star Trek, and has been operating since 1969. Apparently not enough to merit consideration of funding for the move by the EPISD. You might think that they would have found a little corner in the $668.7 million bond in 2016 to include $1.4 million for the planetarium, but you‘d be wrong.