Long gone are days of personal interaction

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It seems we’re rapidly trading all that is unique and interesting about our communities and our lives these days for better technology, more selection and better price. Some might say the homogenization all began with Wal-Mart but the first mass-marketer to actually come into a town where I lived […]

PHS logging on to new way of learning

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor After a month in Cyberspace, students are giving online classes an A-plus at Portales High School. The program, which is allowing close to 80 PHS students to take their core classes online for the first time this school year, is getting rave reviews from both students and teachers. “It’s better […]

Online courses alternative to traditional classroom

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the school year neared its conclusion at Portales High School in May, administrators and teachers had a wood shop with sheet rock walls and a mission. Three months later, that mission is nearing its beginning. The sheet rock is still underneath, but the wood shop is now home to […]

Online classes subject of open house

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents will have an opportunity to view online classes being offered to Portales High School student starting in the fall. Parents can view a pre-recorded session for one of the subjects the students will be working on during an open house from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the […]

Fowler hopes Eunice experience will translate

By Tony Parra Editor’s note: This is the second of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: Randy Fowler of Midland, Texas, is a field service agent for the Region 18 Education Services Center in Midland, Texas. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent job? A: I […]

Elida superintendent has five years experience

Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: Jack Burch is the current superintendent at Elida Schools. Q: What aspects of your job will translate to the superintendent job? A: The aspects of being a superintendent will translate to the Portales Schools superintendent. […]

29th annual Tele-Auction begins June 6

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Call it shopping at home, but for a worthy, entertaining and educational cause. The 29th annual KENW-TV Tele-Auction will take over the area airwaves beginning on June 6 and will run through June 11 as 2,000 items are auctioned, ranging from $5 “Steal of the Night” items up to a […]

Gardner views online program

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Rep. Keith Gardner was able to obtain $50,000 for the online courses at Portales High. On Wednesday, he took a tour of Portales High School and watched a presentation to learn more about the investment he lobbied for. Gardner was able to attain $50,000 through the Legislature for the […]

School looks to its future

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico legislators took a look at what could be the future of public education when they took a tour on Wednesday of facilities which will be used for the online courses at Portales High School. Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) and the senate majority leader, Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs) […]

School board says OK to online courses

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales school board members gave Portales High School principal Melvin Nusser the go-ahead on offering online courses at Portales High School in the fall. School board members spent more than 90 minutes discussing the online courses with Nusser, Mike Rackler, director of technology, and outgoing superintendent James Holloway. Nusser […]