Their view: Schools should be priority for funding

Sen. Pete Campos. D-Las Vegas, offers his view on education.

Schools holding Family Leadership Institute

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Alisa Boswell Portales Municipal Schools is holding its Family Leadership Institute today. The program is geared toward building successful relationships between parents and teachers and parents and their children, according to Director of Federal Programs Henry Montano. “It’s a districtwide educational program that focuses on providing families with knowledge, tools and inspiration to help their […]

Meetings watch: Elida Board of Education

The following items will be discussed at the Elida Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library: • Superintendent’s report • Program to reduce electricity costs by Jack Burch. • Approval of Budget Adjustment Request or possible BAR • Transportation • Capital projects • Possible executive session

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell With school starting for the Clovis and Portales districts this month, local school officials are saying students can fill their backpacks and file in because the two districts are ready for them. From re-paved parking lots and new computers for some schools to complete makeovers for others, a lot of changes are awaiting […]

Small schools prepare for school year

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT senior writer aduncan@pntonline.com With school in Dora, Elida and Floyd starting Wednesday, school employees and students are looking ahead into the new academic year. “I’ve just really enjoyed my time at Elida, and I plan to make the best of this last year,” said Elida High School incoming senior […]

Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools miss AYP

Liliana Castillo Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally-mandated system for rating schools. A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left […]

Summer learning helps keep children’s minds sharp

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Russell Anglin Clovis Municipal Schools teacher and mother of one, Gwyn Del Toro understands the importance of having her son Matthew hit the books before he starts kindergarten in the fall. She said Matthew has been an active library patron this summer. “He likes the ‘I Spy’ books but then we get a bunch of […]

Portales school business manager relies on experience as comptroller

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Alisa Boswell New Portales Municipal Schools business manager Sarah Marquez is no stranger to financing and thinks that may be a bonus with current New Mexico state budget cuts in the education system. Portales Municipal Schools recently replaced Finance Director Carol Kriegshauser with Marquez, who has worked with the district for five years and was […]

Portales schools seeking international accreditation

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Alisa Boswell The Portales Municipal School district is working toward international accreditation through AdvancED New Mexico of Albuquerque, an organization which is accredits school districts in 66 countries, including public, private, charter schools. According to AdvancED New Mexico Director Priscilla Fernandez, the Portales district has already completed the application process, which includes a self-evaluation by […]