AYP results to be discussed

PNT staff report Portales Municipal School District will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the board room at the Administration Building to discuss the release of the Adequate Yearly Progress results, and answer questions about the reports that are required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Superintendent Randy […]

PHS still searching for boys soccer coach

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer With less than a month before the start of school, Portales High School is no closer to finding a coach for the restarting of the Ram soccer team, but Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler promises that the sport will be restarted this fall. “We’re going to have (boys) soccer,” […]

Board sets meeting to discuss AYP results

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School Board agreed to become proactive with information regarding AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) reports by holding a special board meeting just to present and discuss the report this year. At its regular meeting Monday the board approved the recommendation by Superintendent Randy Fowler to hold the […]

Superintendent says hiring on schedule

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler told the school board at its regular meeting Thursday that hiring of staff was on schedule and looking good overall. He announced that Mark McAfee has been named athletic director and coaches for the new high school soccer program had been hired and […]

Board pushes plans ahead

PNT Staff Report The Portales school board will go before a state committee Tuesday with a proposal for assistance in building a new elementary school, and now they have an architect attached to the project. The school board announced in a special meeting Tuesday night that Greer Stafford, an architecture firm from Albuquerque, scored highest […]

School board holds special meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday evening in the board room. Board members met in the special session to award the bid for a window replacement project at Portales High School and James Elementary School. Bids were opened at 11 a.m. on […]

Schools search for clinic solution

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools is facing the challenge of re-establishing a desperately needed school-based health clinic, according to the school administrator. Portales schools have been without a clinic since late last month when La Casa Family Health Center discontinued its contract service with the New Mexico Department of Health. Now […]

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 […]

Fate of charter school to be decided Monday

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The fate of a proposed charter school in Portales rests with an appeals hearing Monday before the New Mexico Public Education Department. After the Portales school board denied the proposed Horace Mann Charter School a charter in September, organizers appealed the ruling to the state’s Charter Bureau, according to […]

Board approves soccer program

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Answering the cries of several local soccer moms and dads, the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the development of a boys and girls soccer program at their regular meeting Monday night. But with the program set to start in the 2007-2008 school year, school officials say […]

School soccer supporters go before board

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Soccer moms and dads and children in soccer uniforms filled the Portales Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday in a show of support for adding a school soccer program. The proposal was launched in the spring and backers of the sport submitted a formal proposal to the school board […]

Bond election cancelled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously voted Tuesday to cancel a bond election proposed for February. After examining the schedules for retirement of previous bonded indebtedness, Superintendent Randy Fowler told the board raising $6.5 million to $7 million wouldn’t be feasible. Instead he said that total amount […]

School safety is priority in area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer In light of the recent school shootings in the past week, area schools have heightened their awareness of campus activities and are emphasizing the safety measures that are in place at their respective schools. Two of the schools involved in the recent shootings are comparative in size to the […]

School board set for another vote on charter school

PNT Staff Portales Municipal School Superintendent Randy Fowler said written reasons for denial of the proposed Horace Mann Charter School will be presented during a special school board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday. During the meeting, Fowler said the board is expected to rescind its previous action denying the application and vote on the issue […]

Portales schools still struggling with AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There was progress, but all six schools in the Portales Municipal School District fell short of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress status, according to reports released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said progress was in most areas with the exception of the […]

Charter school sought

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Some Portales residents are proposing a charter school for the 2007-08 school year to focus on math, science, technology, and college preparation. Joan Brown, one of the organizers, submitted a proposal Thursday afternoon to the Portales school district for the Horace Mann charter school. The school would be an […]

Valencia Elementary will have new fence

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board approved a bid to construct a fence around part of Valencia Elementary to protect fourth- and fifth-graders at school. Western Builders of Amarillo was awarded the contract for $19,880 Thursday during a school board special session. T.N.T. Fence of Savoy, Texas, submitted a bid of […]

Staff losses helps balance the budget

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales Municipal school administrators were able to recoup a projected $400,000 budget deficit in the 2006-07 school year through staff reductions by closing Broad Horizons Alternative School and transferring surplus funds. Portales School Board members approved the more than $18 million 2006-07 budget during the school board meeting Monday […]

Portales High to get new windows

PNT Staff Reports The Portales Municipal Schools Board on Monday approved a contract with an Albuquerque-based architectural firm to design window replacements at the high school. Superintendent of schools Randy Fowler said the school district will spend up to $219,000 of 2005 capital outlay money on the project, although construction estimates have been closer to […]

Portales teen in jail for sex crime

By Tony Parra A Portales High School senior was arrested last week and remains in the Roosevelt County Detention Center after being charged with first-degree criminal sexual penetration, Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. Daniel Aranda, 18, is charged as a juvenile. Bond has not been set, Berry said. “The only thing we (family) can […]