Dora schools aim to attract new students with academics and extracurricular activities

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer

Dora Municipal Schools is one of three small area school districts in Roosevelt County which met the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Standards – and Dora is using that as a selling point to attract students.

That, combined with an award-winning agricultural program, is what Superintendent Steve Barron is emphasizing in advertisements which the school district is running to draw students to their schools. Classes for the fall semester begin on Monday.

“We have a great education for students. We made AYP, our classes are smaller, we’re a four-day week school system and we have an excellent vocational program which always get first- or second-place in state,” said Barron who is in his third year with Dora schools.

Barron said the school district has students who come from Portales, Tatum, Texas, and in the past, from Clovis, as well as from other areas.

New Dora Schools Principal David Bass, who is still getting settled in, said his personal goal for the 2006-2007 year is “To make sure all students are as successful as possible.”

“I’m still trying to get everything ready for the teachers to come in and to get to where I need to get,” he said.

When the school bells ring in Dora on Monday, students will find a completely new elementary school which was recently completed. The new elementary school will provide additional classrooms for pre-K and kindergarten students. In addition, construction on the high school is expected to be completed later in the semester.