Meetings watch: Portales schools

The following took place at the Portales schools Board of Education meeting Monday night:

• The board recognized Shauna Smith for being named the NMGRADS new teacher of the year and Mark Gallegos for being named the New Mexico Activities Association’s Athletic Director “Rookie of the Year.”

• Portales High School teacher Franklin Smith addressed the board in regard to a workforce readiness grant for which the school is applying.

Smith said PHS is one of five schools in the state competing for a $100,000 grant from the Public Education Department. If the school wins, he hopes to use the money for a new computer lab and equipment upgrades for the school’s media arts class.

• A bond presentation was made by RBC Capital Markets.

• The board approved a revision to the community use of school facilities filing procedures for use of equipment and facilities, application and site use agreement, and user fees policy.

The board, however, had disagreements with two other policy revisions involving staff leave and tabled it for its next meeting.

• The board approved a Medicaid billing agreement.

• The board approved participation in Pilot Youth Resiliency Project, a grant program.

• The board approved a waiver of physical education requirement for graduation for one Portales High School student.

• The board approved the following donations: $148 to PHS from Target, $200 to the Portales High School Dance Team from the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3245, and $3,325 to the PHS softball, cheerleading, and tennis programs for their help during Comcast Cares Day.

• The board approved out-of-state travel for the Portales Junior High School Band and Choir students to Amarillo on May 2 for the Greater Southwest Music Festival.

• Superintendent Johnnie Cain gave a personnel report.

The schools had one new hire, Adolph Cordova, a custodian for Portales High School in September. There was one resignation, Keatan Obenhaus, HVAC assistant for the district who resigned on Oct. 10.

— Compiled by PNT senior writer Christina Calloway

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