Portales Board of Education to meet Monday

Freedom New Mexico On the agenda Monday for the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m.: • Recognition for Roosevelt General Hospital’s annual Christmas Card Project, a Special Olympics gold medalist the 3A volleyball runner-up Portales High School Rams. • Authorizing the of $1.9 million in general obligation school bonds to be […]

Schools preparing for budget cuts

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Portales Municipal Schools officials have been preparing for the budgets cuts since last summer. The cut for Portales would be between $350,000 to […]

Municipal court closed Thursday

PNT staff Portales Municipal Court is scheduled to close at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and resume regular business hours on Monday, according to Municipal Court Judge Frederick Arnold. Arnold said the court plans to give employment tests to potential job candidates. People scheduled during the time the court is closed will not be penalized. Information: 356-4923.

PMS satisfied with projected grad rates

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Department of Education over the release of tentative graduate rates. With rates exceeding the national average, Portales doesn’t have much of a reason. But other schools in eastern New Mexico have lower marks […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

Getting to know: Retired teacher spends time volunteering

Isabel Zupanciz is a former Portales Municipal Schools employee who worked most of her 31 years in the system as a first-grade teacher and an elementary school counselor. Since retiring in 2002, Zupanciz has stayed busy volunteering for an array of local groups — including Habitat For Humanity, Parents Reaching Out, Ready To Learn, Meals […]

Court to close

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Court is scheduled to be closed from 10 a.m. Tuesday though Friday for the staff to attend an annual conference The court is set to resume normal business hours June 29. People with court appearances scheduled during the time the court is closed won’t be penalized, according to a […]

School budget $2 million less than 2008-09

PNT staff The operating budget for Portales Municipal Schools for the next fiscal year, part of a final budget the Board of Education approved Monday night, is more than $2 million less than the ‘08-’09 operational budget.

Final budget approval on school board agenda

PNT Staff Report The final budget for the next fiscal year is expected to be approved at a meeting Monday of the Portales Municipal School Board.

Clovis school labor board makes nominations

Freedom New Mexico The newly created Clovis Municipal Schools’ Local Labor Management Board met Friday to focus on naming a third member to the board. The first meeting, May 25, served as an orientation for the board’s two members, G.C. Ross and Larry Cocker. Ross and Cocker each had two nominations for the third board […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

Board of Education bids official farewell

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Portales Municipal Schools director of special student services plans to retire July 1. At Monday’s Board of Education meeting in the district administration building, Superintendent Randy Fowler announced Terry Warnica’s retirement. “The thing about Terry is she’s always the same — levelheaded and keeps her department going strong,” […]

March 29, 2009 PHS news

Spring break this week Portales Municipal Schools will closed for Spring Break from yesterday through April 5. Classes will resume April 6.

Municipal Court closed on Monday

Portales Municipal Court will be closed 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday so the staff can attend a city meeting. Also, Judge Fred Arnold is scheduled to be out of the office Tuesday through Thursday. The court staff is to be in the office during regular business hours.

Annexation up for city council discussion

The Portales City Council is set to consider an increase in the municipal judge’s salary and a notice of intent dealing with the Stratton Annexation. The council meets 7 p.m. today at City Hall. The agenda also includes a notice of intent to change the zoning of annexation to R-2, a contract for banking services […]

School board offering scholarships

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Portales Municipal Schools is offering two new $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors starting this May. One boy and one girl of the school board’s choosing will receive a one-year Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education Scholarship, said Superintendent Randy Fowler. He expects the award to continue every year, although […]

School district state funding decrease

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has $211,000 less in its operational fund than expected, but the director of finance said the district has a financial cushion to prevent problems. The board of education approved a number of budget adjustments, including two decreases to the operational fund, at its meeting Monday in […]

Nov. 26, 2008 Local Briefs

United Way holds grant training United Way has scheduled training dates for non-profits wishing to apply for a grant in 2009. The Portales session is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce downstairs training room at 100 S. Ave. A. The Clovis session is from 10 a.m. to 11 […]

Elida School News Nov. 16

School observes Veterans Day On Veterans Day, the students and faculty of Elida Municipal Schools honored local veterans for serving our country. National Honor Society members gave words of thanks and appreciation for the veterans’ service, elementary students sang patriotic songs, and the cafeteria staff provided a chicken dinner.

Local Briefs Aug. 20, 2008

Ortega elected Municipal League VP Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. was elected vice president of the New Mexico Municipal League on Thursday during the organization’s annual conference in Clovis, according to a NMML press release. He previously served as treasurer. Las Cruces Councilor Dolores Conner was elected president and Barb Wiard, mayor pro tem of […]