School board to hold special meeting

Alisa Boswell A Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education special meeting is 5 p.m. Monday in the Administration Building to consider budget adjustment requests.

Meetings watch: Elida Board of Education

Alisa Boswell At the Elida Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting today, the following items will be on the agenda: • Superintendents report • Employee payroll • Approval of BARs • New Mexico School Boards Association Student Achievement Award • Quality of education survey questions • Final reading and adoption of board policy • First […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At the meeting Monday in the Administration building, board members: • Gave recognition to Roosevelt County spelling bee winner Abigail Cameron, a fourth-grader. • Gave recognition to junior division spelling bee winner Rebecca Christensen. • Gave recognition to the Portales High School media arts class with Principal Melvin Nusser showing live streaming video of the […]

Their view: School lunch guidelines won’t make much difference

Susan Levin director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, shares her view on new guidelines for school lunches:

Local schools score on low end under new grading system

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received only As for two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

Their view: Gov. Martinez calls for investing in education

Gov. Susana Martinez announced her fiscal year 2013 budget proposal in a press release Thursday. Here are a few excerpts: “I am proud to announce to New Mexicans that our fiscal house is back in order,” said Gov. Martinez. “ A year ago, we made a commitment to balancing our budget without raising taxes, while […]

My turn: Education funding needs reform

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Higher education proposal draws mixed reviews

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Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez’s budget proposal to change the state funding formula for colleges and universities is drawing mixed reaction at institutions in Clovis and Portales. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he thinks the university will do well under the new policy if it is approved by the Legislature. But Clovis Community College President […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Secretary of Higher Education speaks in Portales

Robin Fornoff New Mexico’s secretary of higher education cautioned leaders from across eastern New Mexico to get on board with his latest initiative or face falling behind. The call to action by Jose Garcia, appointed to higher education’s top spot by Gov. Susana Martinez almost a year ago, was part of a statewide tour of […]

Financier invested wealth in education

Freedom New Mexico Education reforms come and go, usually with little impact. But one person who made a difference for the better was Ted Forstmann, who died Nov. 20 in New York City at age 71. Forstmann made a fortune through investment firms and other businesses. He also criticized junk bonds as too risky. And […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 6

Acquisition seminar planned The National Contract Management Association High Plains Chapter will be hosting an acquisition education seminar, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Clovis Community College. Contact Maria Jane Sipin at 646-210-2547.

Their view: Schools should be priority for funding

Sen. Pete Campos. D-Las Vegas, offers his view on education.

Meetings watch: Elida Board of Education

The following items will be discussed at the Elida Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library: • Superintendent’s report • Program to reduce electricity costs by Jack Burch. • Approval of Budget Adjustment Request or possible BAR • Transportation • Capital projects • Possible executive session

Don’t let your kids become obese: Nutrition program aims to educate parents on healthy foods

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Lynn La In a classroom located in a part of town where a stem of broccoli sells for $2.49 and a pizza costs only three bucks more, parents are trying their best. They want to feed their kids healthier, home-cooked meals but have difficulty finding the time, money or resources to do so. At Kaiser […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Honors — June 26

Pearson Seth Pearson of Portales received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering May 15 from Norwich University, Vermont. Norwich University was founded in 1819 and is a private military college. Anaya Colonial School District Curriculum Supervisor Sergio Anaya, former graduate of Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, has been asked by […]

Ticket feature: DairyFest to offer entertainment, education

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Freedom New Mexico DairyFest will offer five hours of fun, entertainment, education and live music at the Curry County Events Center on Saturday. United Dairy Women will host DairyFest 4 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Curry County Events Center. The event provides free dairy products, games, a tour of the dairy industry and musical performances from […]

School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 […]

ENMU briefs — May 11

Kids’Zumba class offered The office of Distance Education and Outreach is offering kids’ Zumba classes this summer. Kacy Cash will teach the classes. The 4- to 7-year-old class is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays from June 6 to July 29. The 8- to 12-year-old class is set for 5 p.m. to 5:30 […]