NMAA may drop five-class format

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — Realignment proposals ranged creating unbalanced districts to eliminating Class 5A expect for football to dropping the five-class format altogether during Wednesday’s meeting of the New Mexico Activities Association realignment committee, according to an NMAA press release. Scott Evans, Albuquerque Public Schools athletic director and alignment committee member, proposed two of the […]

NMAA hoping to change image

Rick White The state’s governing body for high school athletics has an image problem, according to the organization’s newly elected board president. Clovis Schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall said financial problems, an unpopular realignment plan and an uncompromising attitude by the previous administration has alienated members of the New Mexico Activities Association. Nuttall, elected president of […]

School officials discuss expanding L.L. Brown

Mike Linn An architect firm in Albuquerque will begin negotiating with Portales school officials on an expansion project at Brown Early Childhood Center. The project is slated to do away with Brown’s five portable classrooms in favor of 12 additional classrooms with an additional wing to the kindergarten school. In addition, the project will include […]

Proposed scholarship changes opposed

Michelle Seeber A year ago, the Finance Committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives proposed new requirements for the state’s Lottery Success Scholarship that would make it more difficult for college students to obtain dollars for tuition by raising the required grade point average from 2.5 to 3.0. The committee also recommended the dollars […]

Officials present goals for school

Mike Linn PNT Staff School officials representing all eight Portales schools presented goals for improving various programs and learning techniques at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night. Alicia Hatch, special education instructor at Steiner Elementary, wrapped up the presentation by saying Portales schools are quite close to being a benchmark of overall success […]

Chief of schools sought job

By Mike Linn Portales Schools Superintendent Dr. James Holloway is looking to extend his career beyond the realms of Portales, and was one of four finalists for the Carlsbad schools superintendent position that was filled by another candidate Friday afternoon. Holloway said his application in Carlsbad has nothing to do with the city where he […]

Area schools, banks observe Columbus Day

PNT Staff Area schools will recognize Columbus Day by canceling classes on Monday, while City Hall, the public library and the Roosevelt County Courthouse will remain open. Along with schools, local banks and the post office will also be closed. Officials at City Hall said there is no Columbus Day memorial or ceremony planned. Columbus […]

Local schools promote student integrity

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Tony Parra Character and responsibility are what Portales Public School officials are trying to instill in students with a nationwide program implemented in Portales schools. The Character Counts Organization promotes activities to instill characteristics of a student. Each state and each school has it’s own Character Counts Program, and various schools in each state implement […]

Valencia to appeal probationary status

Officials at Valencia Grade School are appealing the probationary status the school received from the New Mexico State Department of Education this summer. The 2002/2003 California Achievement Test scores for Valencia students were incorrectly tallied by the NMSDE, which affected the school’s overall grade, school officials say. Valencia received a below-standard score from the NMSDE, […]

Two Portales schools placed on probationary status

By Mike Linn Two Portales public schools have been placed on probationary status by the New Mexico State Department of Education — while the remaining six met the state’s accountability standards. The NMSDA placed probationary status labels on both Broad Horizons and Valencia Elementary, which fell from meeting standards last year. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim […]