Superintendent’s contract extended

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Randy Fowler got the school board’s stamp of approval at Tuesday’s regular board meeting with an extension of his contract through the 2008-2009 school year.

The board also learned high school athletic director Don Gomez announced his retirement in a letter to the superintendent dated Dec. 20. Gomez will not return for the spring semester.

After conducting Fowler’s evaluation last month, the board unanimously approved his contract following an executive session.

“I believe Mr. Fowler is doing a fantastic job as superintendent,” Board President Rod Savage said. “He’s very diplomatic and professional both with his staff and the public. His expertise and manner are a big asset.”
Savage said there was no controversy about the renewal of the superintendent’s contract. He indicated that Tuesday’s lengthy executive session had not been a discussion of the school chief’s contract.

As a part of the motion to renew the contract, the board agreed to defer compensation for the position until after the 2007 legislative session, when a firm budget can be established.

Fowler was hired by the board in July of 2005 under a two-year contract. That contract was extended last year for an additional two years (through spring 2008). According to Fowler, his current compensation is approximately $103,000 per year.

“I appreciate the support I’ve received from the board and adminstrative staff,” Fowler said. “I feel good about the direction the board wants to go.”

He served as a teacher and administrator for 19 years in the Portales school district, working his way up to assistant superintendent. He served six years as superintendent of Eunice Schools and six years as an education consultant in Midland, Texas, before returning to Portales in 2005.

Gomez has been at Portales Schools for more than 30 years as a coach, teacher and administrator.

According to Fowler, his position will go unfilled for the remainder of the school year with Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser and other staff at the high school working together to ensure the duties of the job are performed.

In other business the board:

• Adopted policy and procedure changes relating to board meeting rules of order and gave approval to an increase in substitute teacher pay.

• Approved an audit contract with Roy Woodard & Associates

• Awarded a bid for cafeteria food and supplies.

• Awarded a bid for audiologist services to the sole respondent, Texas Tech Health Services Center.