School officials observe rise in special education students

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Argen Duncan Portales Municipal Schools has seen the number of special education students rise more than the overall enrollment increase, and administrators say they’re doing whatever they need to serve every student. At the May school board meeting, Director of Special Student Services Jacqueline “Jackie” Burns said the number of special education students increased 10.8 […]

Roosevelt General Hospital turns loss into small profit

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Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital administrators attribute the hospital’s recent financial turnaround to growth and good business practices. RGH has turned around a $1.3 million operating loss in 2009 to a $1,234 positive operating margin in 2010, CEO Larry Leaming said. The operating margin is the difference between the hospital’s income and operational costs. “Basically, […]

Schools respond to proposed evolution teachings

Argen Duncan Local school administrators aren’t taking a strong stance on a bill that would allow the teaching of controversial topics such as intelligent design in public schools. State Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Albuquerque, has introduced a bill that would prevent the state from prohibiting teachers who are presenting a controversial scientific topic “from informing students […]

Dorm demolition

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Argen Duncan Tearing down three dormitories and building a new one is more cost-effective than renovations, Eastern New Mexico University administrators have said. ENMU regents voted to demolish Lincoln, DeBaca and Chaves halls, all unoccupied dorms, at their meeting Jan. 19. President Steven Gamble expects them to approve construction of a new dorm on the […]

ENMU administrators mull tuition increase

PNT Staff Report At the Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting at the ENMU-Roswell campus Thursday afternoon, Regents: • heard the administration is looking into tuition increases, departmental cuts in supplies and services, and leaving vacated positions unfilled to deal with possible cuts in legislative appropriations, said President Steven Gamble. The worst-case scenario […]

School board discusses attendance

By Eric Butler: PNT Staff Writer Portales school administrators were keenly following district attendance numbers on Tuesday, which also happened to be the day for the school board meeting. The reason: The day marked the 40th of the current school year and it’s one of the benchmarks (along with the 80th and 120th) determining the […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

Administrators praise AYP progress

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Board members and administrators spent much of their time at the Portales Municipal Schools regular board meeting Monday discussing last school year’s Adequate Yearly Progress test scores. Although six of the seven Portales schools tested in March ‘09 did not meet standards established by the State of New Mexico, […]

Fourth-grader’s design to be featured as hospital Christmas card

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer In September, 10-year-old Treyton Neece drew a picture of the Roosevelt General Hospital. This holiday season, the picture he drew may show up in your mailbox in the form of a Christmas card from the hospital. In an effort to familiarize Portales children with the building, hospital administrators asked […]

Teachers, administrators mapping new curriculum

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Public School’s faculty and staff are developing a language arts curriculum map in a week-long workshop. “It has been a lot of hard work and we hope that we are creating a useful document for other teachers to use,” said Susan Brown, fifth grade teacher. This has […]

11-11 PJHS News

Basketball season opens Both of the girls “A” teams host Yucca Thursday for the first tip-off of the season. The boys “A” teams head to Clovis to play Yucca on their home court. Action begins at 4 p.m. Progress reports ready Parents may come by the junior high from 5:45-7 p.m. on Tuesday and from […]

Group seeks to promoto Latino education

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers The odds were against Ricardo Arrendondo. No one in his family had ever entered a college classroom. That did not stop him from earning his master’s degree in English. The odds were also against Ron Martinez. As an undergraduate at Eastern New Mexico University, he was slammed by discrimination for […]