Brown Elementary receives kindergarten funds

By Tony Parra A New Mexico legislative committee approved a $2.5 million boost for the construction additions to the Brown Early Childhood Center in Portales, according to a press release on Tuesday. Rep. Jose Campos made the announcement on Tuesday in the form of a press release. The $2.5 million will go to create a […]

ENMA finishes fifth season of competition

PNT Staff Eastern New Mexico Aquatics has completed its fifth year of competing in New Mexico USA Swimming competitions. The team prepared for the state meet by competing in several meets throughout the state and teams members woke up at 5:30 a.m. most mornings so they could be at practice on time. Eastern New Mexico […]

School board concerned over test scores

By Tony Parra The results of reading and math proficiency tests from the New Mexico state Public Education Department, which were released on Friday and in Sunday’s News-Tribune, were still on the minds of school board members during a school board meeting on Monday night. There were 158 Portales High School 11th graders tested and […]

Youth sentenced for vandalism

By Tony Parra Ninth Judicial District Attorney judge Ted Hartley sentenced a 14-year-old to a two-year commitment to the Children Youth and Families Department for his involvement in vandalism to buildings, including the Portales Junior High, Valencia and Steiner Elementaries in mid-May. The 14-year-old admitted to his involvement in burglary, larceny and vandalism, according to […]

Portales schools to receive Internet funds

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The federal government will pick up a portion of the tab for Portales schools’ Internet and telephone services again this year — and that could save the district tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., recently announced the potential award from the federal E-Rate program. The […]

Schools dealing with less money than expected

Staff and Wire Reports School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Teacher reinstated by Portales High School

By Tony Parra A Portales High School teacher fired on May 6 was reinstated by Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway on Tuesday morning. The decision came 13 days after Kay Jilek presented her case to the school board at a meeting. She told the board she was not given a reason for her termination by […]

Principals shift throughout Portales school district

By Tony Parra When Portales children go to each of their schools in the fall, they’re going to see some changes, starting at the top with their principals. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said Principal Rick Segovia (who was the Steiner Elementary principal) will be the principal at Lindsey Middle School, Todd Morris (who was […]

School looks to cut energy bills

By Tony Parra Portales public officials are implementing an energy conservation program in hopes of saving thousands of dollars each year on energy costs. Portales school officials went into a four-year agreement with Energy Education, Inc. last week. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said the school district does not have to pay any money up […]

Two arrested in connection to vandalism

By Kevin Wilson Two juveniles were arrested Monday on vandalism charges related to last week’s damage at three local schools and three businesses. Two 13-year-olds were arrested upon tips received by the Portales Police Department. “I got a tip the morning of the criminal damage that gave us suspects,” Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry said. […]