High school level tests to undergo makeover

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Education Department is remodeling standardized tests for high school students designed to map out their academic lives after graduation. State education officials say the tests will follow the progress of individual students, instead of comparing the progress of an entire class. Portales school officials say […]

Board votes to extend Fowler’s contract

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales School Board voted unanimously Monday to extend Superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract through the 2009-2010 school year. Fowler is in his third year as superintendent in the Portales district. He served as a teacher and administrator in the district for 19 years early in his career before becoming […]

School board OKs sale of bonds

PNT Staff Report Plans for a new elementary school in Portales, approved by voters in October, are on track according to school administration officials. School board members met on Monday in a special meeting to give their approval for notice of the sale of $4.5 million in bonds. The sale is scheduled to take place […]

School bond passes

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Portales voters emphatically said yes to a school bond that would pave the way to a new building. By a 871-172 count, $9.5 million in General Obligation Bonds will be issued. The money will be coupled with $11.8 million already awarded by the state for construction of a new facility […]

Bond election slated for Tuesday

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer “Education is your best investment” is the slogan being used by the Portales Municipal School district in support of the upcoming bond election that will take place on Tuesday. “I’m really excited about this,” said Don Thomas, community committee member. “We just want to encourage everybody to get out […]

Officials OK program for PHS

By Karl Terry: PNT managing editor Portales Municipal Schools Board members gave the OK to a new program at Portales High School aimed at increasing student participation and feedback on campus issues. Portales senior Katana Ellis explained the program, Raising Student Voice and Participation, to the board on behalf of student council. She said at […]

High school earns passing marks on AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School District learned early this week that Portales High School has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) despite initial reports last week that showed the school failing. According to Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction at Portales Schools, the New Mexico Public Education Department informed the district in […]

Ram soccer pitch ready

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Ram and Lady Ram soccer players will be kicking the ball around in their first practice Monday, less than nine months after the Portales school board approved the re-starting of the program. Between the hiring of a coach and the installation of two fields, administrators say they’re ready. “Growing […]

State approves funds for facility

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal School officials received word the state committee that funds school construction has OK’d $11.8 million toward a new elementary school in Portales. The district hopes to match those funds via a September bond election. On June 12, school officials, along with a team from architect firm Greer […]

AYP reports delayed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor New Mexico Secretary of Education Veronica Garcia announced Wednesday she was delaying release of the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports because of technical issues. The announcement didn’t stop the debate over Portales Municipal Schools performance on those reports, required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. A […]