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Capital Outlay Bureau


To provide technical assistance to school districts, legislators, the general public and external entities relating to capital outlay funding, procedures, and rules relating to public schools in New Mexico.



To assist school districts in the following ways:

  • Approval of non-construction projects and construction projects ≤ $200,000 for direct appropriations
  • Reimbursement of capital funds direct appropriations, SB-9, Pre-K and the New School Development Fund
  • Dispositions of real and/or personal property
  • Calculating SB-9 State Matching Funds, Participation percentages for PSCOC projects, and Bonding Indebtedness
  • Administering the Public Energy Efficiency Act and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB)
  • Tracking election status
  • Lease Purchase Arrangements (Instructions provided under the Miscellaneous tab)


  • To improve and develop internal systems to provide better customer service
  • To reduce turnaround time for project plan approvals and reimbursement requests
  • To streamline processes and workflows to make them as transparent as possible
  • To use information technology to make documents user-friendly and easily accessible


Antonio Ortiz
Phone: 505-827-6613
Fax: 505-827-6422

Barbara Griego
Executive Assistant
Phone: 505-827-6613
Fax: 505-827-6422

Christopher L. Thweatt
Financial Coordinator
Phone: 505-827-6609
Fax: 505-827-6422

Iris K. Romero
Financial Coordinator
Phone: 505-827-7646
Fax: 505-827-6422

Capital Outlay Bureau
New Mexico Public Education Department
Jerry Apodaca Education Building
300 Don Gaspar, Room 121
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Phone: 505-827-6613
Fax: 505-827-6422