From The Associated Press
Museum to keep doors open
SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has announced it raised enough money to keep its doors open.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the museum said in September it would have to shut down due to budget shortfalls unless it could raise about $200,000 by year’s end.
As 2012 came to a close, the museum announced it had raised about $220,000, with more donations still flowing in.
Julie DeFeo, the museum’s director of marketing and communications, says the facility has also created a task force to help safeguard the museum’s financial future.
She says the donations will allow the museum to hire a development director and begin the search for a permanent executive director.
Iowa sees rise
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa officials say public schools have reported overall jump in enrollment for the 2012-13 school year.
Officials say the rise of 0.6 percent was the first significant increase since 1996. Overall enrollment has dropped in the five previous school years.
Department of Education officials say the increase is due in part to an upsurge in birth rates from 2003 to 2008.
The department’s Jay Pennington says the increase “is refreshing news for Iowa after years of declining enrollment. However, the reality is that this increase most likely is temporary.”
Pennington says the long-term trend shows declining enrollment in rural parts of Iowa.