By Tony Parra
Randy Fowler’s glad to be back in Portales as he begins his tenure as a superintendent in eastern New Mexico.
Fowler started his tenure on July 5 and has met with staff members. The Portales School District administrators and principals have been getting together with Fuller to inform him of several projects and important dates for the school.
“For me it’s been a lot of learning and re-learning,” Fowler said. “I’ve been in discussions with many of the people from the district.”
Fowler was in his first school board meeting Thursday evening. At the meeting, Technology Director Mike Rackler informed Fowler of the work the teachers have been doing in preparation for online classes in the fall.
“I wanted the school board meeting to go well and it did,” Fowler said. “It was done in a timely manner. It was handled in a business-like manner.”
Fowler was in the Portales Schools District for 19 years leading up to 1993. Melvin Nusser, Portales High School principal and one of four other finalist for the superintendent position, worked with Fowler from 1985 to 1993.
“We’re glad to have him here and to have him on board,” Nusser said.
Priscilla Mestas, director of instruction and assistant superintendent, has discussed with Fowler the status of training and instruction. Mestas said 40 teachers were involved in the aligning of curriculum in preparation for the school year and some of the teachers will continue to do this work for the next couple of weeks.
“He has a great long-term vision,” Mestas said. “I commend the school board on their decision.”
The first day of school for the Portales School District is Aug. 16. Fowler said his negotiated salary was for $100,000 a year.