Meetings watch: Schools being prepared for merger

During the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting, board members: • heard district Director of Maintenance Nat Gomez say his crews had finished moving supplies and playground equipment for the grade levels that are changing schools in the fall with the addition of the new Lindsey-Steiner Elementary School. Lindsey Elementary School is being demolished, […]

Meetings watch: Portales board of education

During the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the district Administration Building, the board: • heard Portales Junior High School Principal Steve Harris say math and reading scores on Measures of Academic Progress (MAPS) tests had increased slightly over the past school year. • heard Portales High School Principal Melvin Nusser say […]

County teen wins youth hunter education contest

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By Argen Duncan A Roosevelt County teenager beat out almost 60 contestants Saturday to win a statewide hunter education contest. Garrett Lee, 17, scored 2,065 points in the annual Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Raton, according to the YHEC website. Garrett’s father, Shannon Lee, said 2,400 points were possible. Competitors shoot muzzle loaders, .22-caliber rifles, […]

Words of wisdom: Kindergartners share thoughts on school year

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Kindergarten provides the strong foundation for education, a Portales kindergarten teacher said. “That’s where they learn their alphabet so they can read, numbers so that they can count, social skills so that they can be good citizens,” Brown Early Childhood Center teacher Lynne Walker said. Fellow teacher Erin Mitchell […]

Graduation guest speaker stresses importance of higher education

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Tradition took center stage in graduation ceremonies Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. More than 360 students receiving degrees heard guest speaker and former ENMU President Robert Matheny explain how families are beginning to establish traditions of higher education at the university. “Many of these students have come from […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

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Board of Education At its meeting Monday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building, the Portales Board of Education: • adopted a resolution refinancing outstanding general obligation bonds at a lower interest rate. Al Clemmons of George K. Baum and Co., the district’s investment firm, said the interest rates for the 2001 bond issue would […]

Community to say farewell to Steiner Elementary

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By Linda Long: PNT correspondent For 70 years, Steiner Elementary has been the site of the education of Portales’ future. Next year, the campus will become part of the city’s and school board’s history. A new school building is under construction and will be ready for fifth- and sixth-graders this fall. Called Lindsey-Steiner, it replaces […]

Clovis school board meets Tuesday

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is holding a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s board room. The board will meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters related to the position of superintendent. The meeting is closed. An agenda for the meeting may be picked up from the superintendent’s […]

Officials say exercise enhances learning

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By Linda Long: PNT correspondent Jumping jacks met geography Monday. Approximately 70 physical education teachers from around the state participated in a special exercise workshop hosted by Eastern New Mexico University Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education Matthew Martin. Martin wanted to demonstrate that exercise enhances learning in spelling, math, science, reading, and any […]

Meetings watch: School board

The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education met Monday in the Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The board: • approved a joint use agreement with the city of Portales for the Portales High School Baseball Field, Wheeler Park Girls Softball Field and Bill Wahlman Tennis Courts. The board approves such an agreement each year to […]

Floyd school news — April 13

Help Floyd students stay physically fit The Floyd Physical Education Department is seeking the donation of used exercise bicycles for the training room. Contact Coach Adam Terry at the school at 478-2211.

Portales Past: April 8, 1945

April 8, 1945: Aud Smith, physical education director at Portales High School, was set to begin duties as the city’s summer recreation director.

Politics have no place in education

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The New York Times reports that according to a ruling by a federal judge “a Mississippi school board was grossly discriminatory and mean-spirited when it told Constance McMillen that she could not attend her high school prom with her girlfriend.” According to the court, “Ms. McMillen’s constitutional rights […]

Vote on education program needed soon

Freedom New Mexico Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary (a position that shouldn’t exist at the federal level, but is hardly likely to be abolished), has been somewhat less the tool of the education establishment and teachers unions than might have been expected. He has pushed for higher standards in testing regimens and more […]

Portales Past: March 5, 1950

March 5, 1950: Portales Junior High girls were learning to folk dance during physical education classes. They’d mastered the “Golden Slippers,” “Boston Two Step” and “Five Foot Two,” among others.

Education cuts have dire consequences

By Dennis Roch: Guest columnist As the state Legislature deliberates over New Mexico’s budget shortfall, I have frequently heard the statement, “Every program must take its share of cuts.” This statement assumes every program is of equal value, and has an equal return for our future benefit, an idea which is far from the truth. […]

Feb. 9, 1977

According to the Portales News-Tribune, parents who attended the meeting of the Portales Board of Education last night were warmly received and found that doors would open into policy-making meetings at the administrative level, if the parents show an interest.

Panel snuffs tobacco tax hike

By Steve Herrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A bill to raise money for education by boosting state cigarette taxes by $1 a pack went up in smoke Thursday when a legislative committee voted unanimously against the idea. The House Business and Industry Committee voted to table House Bill 35, sponsored by state Rep. Brian […]

Training, education keys to disaster response

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By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico While local counties don’t have to deal with tragedy on the scale of the earthquake in Haiti, they must be prepared for tornadoes, severe weather and the possibility of an agriculture disaster. Curry and Roosevelt counties also face the possibility of ice storms and grass fires. The counties use […]

Southwest Cheese makes 25-year donation to Clovis Schools

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Southwest Cheese will donate $100,000 a year for 25 years to the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. The Education Foundation provides grants for teachers in the classroom to support innovative teaching. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, said the arrangement was added to contracts that […]