Board approves new books, materials

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

A months-long process of evaluating new text books and materials for math and fine arts in Portales Municipal Schools came to an end Monday as the school board approved the selections.

The process involved a wide range of faculty and staff as well as parents in making the evaluation of various materials, according to assistant superintendent for instruction Priscilla Hernandez. She said that the books adopted would be used for six years.

“I’ve never seen a process where more people were involved,” Superintendent Randy Fowler said, commending Hernandez and the groups who had done the work. “I’ve just not seen it to this extent. I’m very pleased.

The math materials selected are from Harcourt in the K-5 grades and from McDougal-Littell in the higher grades. The fine arts materials selected were from a variety of sources.

In other business the board:

• Approved the canvas of last week’s school board election.

• Accepted a $1,000 donation from Wal-Mart for the Portales High School boys basketball team.

• Heard a report on the possibility of offering human papillomavirus vaccinations.

• Heard of the discontinuance of the La Casa Health Services school-based clinic and a presentation from the New Mexico Department of Health on the subject of school-based public health clinics (A complete report on the issue will be included in Wednesday’s PNT).

• Approved nine budget adjustments required by the state.

• Approved two cash transfers repaying temporary loans to other budget categories.

• Heard a plan to recognize present and past board members with photos and plaques in the board room.

• Heard a report on Reading First that showed the district performing well.

• Received a report on facilities from Fowler that showed the most feasible plan of action in regards to remodeling or replacing Lindsey and Steiner elementary schools would be to first look at a new building at Lindsey. Architects estimates place the cost of replacing Lindsey at $11 million and Steiner at $13 million.