Lawmakers’ focus change as redistricting map takes effect

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Alisa Boswell Local state representatives say big changes are in store for state House districts under a new redistricting plan declared law Tuesday by Santa Fe Judge James Hall. “My district currently stretches from Portales to the Colorado state line but in the new map, I would take on a bigger portion of Portales, almost […]

Judge signs off on Congressional map

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Thursday adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts and made the fewest changes among the proposed alternatives. The new map keeps Clovis in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. Dora, […]

Meetings watch: Redistricting public hearing

The Portales City Council held the first of two public hearings Tuesday to receive the options for redistricting. Sterling Fluharty, consultant with Southwest Political Services, gave the presentation on the options. Fluharty said to provide for population equality in districts, so they can be as similar to each other as practical, the total population of […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell With school starting for the Clovis and Portales districts this month, local school officials are saying students can fill their backpacks and file in because the two districts are ready for them. From re-paved parking lots and new computers for some schools to complete makeovers for others, a lot of changes are awaiting […]

Portales schools seeking international accreditation

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Alisa Boswell The Portales Municipal School district is working toward international accreditation through AdvancED New Mexico of Albuquerque, an organization which is accredits school districts in 66 countries, including public, private, charter schools. According to AdvancED New Mexico Director Priscilla Fernandez, the Portales district has already completed the application process, which includes a self-evaluation by […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at […]

School board election profiles

School board elections for Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd schools systems are scheduled to be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. In Portales, voters can only cast ballots for candidates in their district. However, in the three small school districts, board members are elected at large. The Portales News-Tribune asked candidates in all four […]

Portales, Dora school levy up for election

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Argen Duncan Portales and Dora school districts are each holding a Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election on Tuesday. Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “two-mill levy” in each district raises money for equipment, maintenance, remodeling and repairs. For both districts, approval of the mill levy won’t raise taxes, but will […]

Schools going solar

Clarence Plank Elida and Portales school districts will be getting $300,000 each in federal stimulus dollars for solar power projects, according to the state Public Education Department. Department spokeswoman Beverly Friedman said each of 15 New Mexico school districts would receive that amount for a total of $4.5 million for school solar electricity projects in […]

County preps for primary elections

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Freedom New Mexico Early voting for candidates running in the Roosevelt County June 1 primary election begins May 4 and continues through May 29 at the county courthouse. Additionally and starting May 15, early votes can be cast at the Portales Public Library. There are 16 candidates running for positions including sheriff, county assessor, magistrate […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]

Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

Bond’s fate in voters’ hands

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer With early voting closed and the election slated for today, residents will soon know the outcome of the proposed bond for the Portales Municipal School District. Voters are being asked whether $9.5 million in General Obligation Bonds will be issued to help construct a new school facility to replace […]

Release of AYP results delayed

Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Curry County school officials canceled today’s press conference announcing the results of the 2006-2007 Adequate Yearly Progress report. Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said flaws in the New Mexico Public Education Department data delayed the release of the information. Seidenwurm said by law the state has until Aug. 5 to provide the […]

Education hopefuls test waters at ENMU teacher fair

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Those searching for a career in teaching and those looking for teachers said they benefited from attending the teacher fair at Eastern New Mexico University Tuesday. Students said the ENMU teacher fair helped future teachers get an idea of what’s available for new teachers in New Mexico and Texas. […]

Dora and Elida among quality school districts

By Marlena Hartz When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico, including Dora and Elida have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others […]

Short superintendent tenures concern state

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]