Johnson resigns as Portales High School football coach

By Tony Parra

Randy Fowler, Portales School District Superintendent, announced the resignation of Portales High School football coach Glenn Johnson during Monday’s school board meeting.

Johnson has been the head football coach for the Rams’ football team for the last seven years. Before that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds.

“I have had a very rewarding experience leading the Rams for the past seven years,” Johnson said in his letter of resignation. “Although, due to health problems and personal reasons, I feel I must move on. God is moving me in a different direction and I am very dedicated to following his will. Thanks for the memories.”

Johnson could not be reached for comment on Monday evening. During his tenure, Johnson led the Rams to the 2002 Class 3-A football championship where they lost to Ruidoso. During Johnson’s first two seasons, the Rams posted 3-7 records. Johnson was able to turn the team around to an 8-3 record in 2000.

Johnson’s record over his seven seasons was 38-49. Portales went 2-9 during his final season.

Fowler talked about the next move for the school district.
“With the budget the way it is, we’ll have to look within,” Fowler said. “Without a teaching position available, we can’t open it up to candidates outside the school district.”

Fowler said if a teaching position opens up, school district officials can open it up to outside candidates. He said this would allow for a wider selection of candidates and perhaps more experienced candidates.

“He will finish out his contract,” Fowler said. “He will continue to work as he is now and as he has been.”
Fowler said Johnson also monitors the in-school-suspension program at the high school.

• School board members awarded the bid for a mental and physical services provider to La Casa de Buena Salud during Tuesday’s school board meeting. The amount of days the La Casa de Buena Salud health employees will work the health clinic will change from two days a week to four days a week.

Fowler said the school district received $65,000 from the state of New Mexico to pay for the services for the 2006-07 school year.

• School board members approved a contract extension to keep Fowler as superintendent throughout the 2007-08 school year.

• The English and Spanish Spelling Bee winners for the school district were announced on Monday. The winners in the English Spelling Bee were: Valencia Elementary, Chelsi Arnold (first) and Geoffrey Anderson (second place); Lindsey Elementary, Tara Markham (first) and Olivia Jeffries (second) and Portales Junior High, Eric O’Rear (first) and Ricky Hobbs (second).

These students will now compete in the regional Spelling Bee at the Clovis Community College in Clovis on March 4.
The Spanish Spelling Bee winners were: Valencia Elementary, Rodrigo Navarrete (first) and Ricardo Rivas (second); Lindsey Elementary, Ramon Araujo (first) and Judy Hernandez (second) and Portales Junior High, Jessica Lavalle (first) and Laura Lopez (second).