Storm snarls traffic, closes schools in N.M.

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — A winter storm moving through New Mexico gave many students a get-out-of-school free pass, but created extra work for road crews and police as wet snow caused intermittent highway closures and dozens of crashes on slick and icy roads. Interstate 40 was closed east of Albuquerque at midday Wednesday to […]

Schools utilizing text, e-mail notification systems

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer For area schools, new ways of communicating now mean just a few keystrokes can open the door to reaching the community. Floyd Municipal Schools is one example of schools changing the way they inform faculty, staff, parents and students when school is closed or delayed, as was the case […]

Friday school closures

Thursday school cancellations

The following are closed Thursday due to the winter storm: Closed: Clovis Christian Schools Clovis Municipal Schools Clovis Community College (day & evening classes) Dora Schools Elida Schools Farwell Schools Floyd Schools House Schools Logan Schools Mesalands Community College Portales Municipal Schools San Jon Schools Eastern New Mexico University — classes resume Friday.

Southwest Cheese makes 25-year donation to Clovis Schools

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]

Superintendent’s contract renewed

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education renewed Superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract during their regular meeting Monday in the district Administration Building. The board voted to give Fowler another year on his three-year contract, so he will continue to serve in the 2012-2013 school year. Fowler is receiving no […]

Floyd High School listed among best in America

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Floyd and Texico high schools are listed among the U.S. News and World Report’s picks for America’s Best High Schools. They earned a Bronze Medal based on data from the 2007-2008 school year. Floyd and Texico are two schools out of 19 in New Mexico and 1,201 in the […]

Local schools unaffected by GI Bill slowdown

Staff and wire reports Staff and wire reports Although many universities and colleges are still waiting for tuition payments for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who attended school last fall under the new GI Bill, representatives of local institutions say they’re not having a problem. The Veterans Affairs Department says the number of veterans with claims […]

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 […]

Getting to know: School employee juggles family life, volunteering

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Dianne Parker works for Portales Municipal Schools. Background: Parker is from Nebraska but has lived in Portales more than 30 years. She and her husband, Scott, moved to Portales so he could take a coaching position here. Both she and her husband attended Eastern New Mexico University. They have two daughters. Job: Parker is a […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

Jobs safe amid proposed Clovis schools budget cuts

Freedom New Mexico No jobs will be lost at Clovis Municipal Schools if budget cuts proposed by the superintendent are approved by the school board. The board has scheduled a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss budget cuts and get public feedback. In a press release issued Friday by Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, proposed budget […]

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 […]

Bills would give schools operating leeway

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Pending state legislation could allow New Mexico schools more flexibility in how they handle possible budget cuts, but local administrators are waiting to see what happens and prioritizing. Wednesday night and Thursday, the state Senate passed three bills that, if they pass the House, would allow schools to adjust […]

Local schools address swine flue concerns

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By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico It’s flu season and the recent death of a Roosevelt County infant has raised concerns in Portales. But school and emergency management officials said Tuesday the number of students calling in sick from flu-like symptoms is about the usual experienced this time of year. Still, the amount of absences […]

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 […]

Assistant superintendent tapped for dual role

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer When longtime employee Trina Lujan retired recently, Portales Municipal Schools found the assets to fill her shoes already in the building. And, with budget cuts, the school system had ample motivation to replace Lujan with someone already on staff. Lujan, a 36-year employee was the schools’ director of Federal […]

Six Portales schools fail to meet AYP standards

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer As was the case statewide, the majority of public schools in Clovis and Portales did not meet the state standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report. Nine of the 15 Clovis schools tested — the high school, both middle schools and six elementary schools — were among the […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]