Retired teachers lobby for retirement funds

Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, which [...]

Music teacher in tune with music world

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By Helena Rodriguez Connie Sunday may be new to Portales, but the professional musician and teacher is making herself known in both local and national music circles. Not only has she developed a roster of private students since she moved here from Albuquerque four months ago, but she is also mentioned twice in the September [...]

There’s a flip side to recalling good old days

Bob Huber As a card-carrying member of the Old Geezer Party, I take great pleasure chewing the fat with contemporaries over tales of bygone school days — you know, back when teachers were mean, ugly, stupid dinosaurs, and all the kids were brilliant scholars. “Do you remember that goofy old Miz Gluttenflugger? One time she [...]

La Casa to provide new health center to Valencia

By Mike Linn The Portales School Board at Monday night’s meeting voted to accept in-house health services for students and teachers at Valencia Grade School. A nurse practitioner from La Casa Health Center will work at Valencia to provide the services, which will allow students and teachers quick diagnosis and treatment rather than having to [...]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent [...]

Budget shortfalls lead to staff cuts

By Mike Linn Portales schools will lose two administrative positions and five years worth of savings to balance their budget, officials said on Monday. The Portales Municipal School Board approved the tentative budget by a 3-1 vote, citing unfunded government mandates to raise teachers’ salaries as reason for the cuts and draining of cash reserves. [...]

Grant to send 18 teachers to study in Ghana

By Angela Peacock By Angela Peacock PNT Staff Writer Angela_Peacock@link.freedom.com The destination is Wusuta, Africa, for 18 public school teachers who will spend 28 days studying a culture in a place where running water and electricity are considered luxuries. Eastern New Mexico University’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department has received a grant from the United [...]

Legislature leaves schools frustrated

By Mike Linn Local school board officials are frustrated about the disbursement of Legislative funds for new federal mandates that promise to increase teachers’ salaries and other expenses next school year. The amount the New Mexico State Department of Education (NMSDE) has designated to Portales Municipal Schools for salary hikes and yearly expenses will leave [...]