Budget adjustment on school board agenda

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Monday, school board members are set to vote on adjusting the budget to use federal stimulus money and to hear a request for them to take a stance on the possibility of a zone change that would allow a restaurant to open near Portales High School.

The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the district administration building. A public hearing on next fiscal year’s budget is set to take place at the meeting.

Roger Garrett, who lives near the property at 1309 E. Amazon St. to be considered for a zone change, plans to ask the school board to take a stance on the proposed change.

Garrett’s wife, Victoria, works as an inside ad sales representative at the Portales News-Tribune.

The Portales City Council has scheduled a public hearing May 18 on whether to uphold a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny a zone change from single-family residential to light commercial at the Amazon property.

A group of high school teachers who own J-4 Barbecue would like to open a restaurant there.

Superintendent Randy Fowler said he thought the decision was for the city, not the school district, to make.

In another matter, the board is to vote on a budget adjustment request accounting for $360,000 in federal stimulus money going into Title I programs.

Title I programs aim to assist at-risk students who need help with reading and math.

Also, Fowler said he recently learned the district would later receive about $350,000 of stimulus money for special education.