Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Superintendent’s contract approved by school board

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales schools will have continuity of leadership for at least the next four school years. The Portales board of education voted Monday to extend superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract through July of 2012. Fowler currently makes about $114,000 a year. Any raise during the next four years would have to […]

In Tribute: Superintendent followed family tradition

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico Schools employed W.M. Roberts, but he didn’t just draw paychecks there. They’re where his family worked, where he taught his family to work, and where he met lifelong friends. He was 98 years old. The longtime Farwell Schools superintendent died Oct. 9 of congestive heart failure and pneumonia. Born […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

Board votes to extend Fowler’s contract

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales School Board voted unanimously Monday to extend Superintendent Randy Fowler’s contract through the 2009-2010 school year. Fowler is in his third year as superintendent in the Portales district. He served as a teacher and administrator in the district for 19 years early in his career before becoming […]

Aug. 26, 1965

• Portales Schools superintendent Finman Hayhie reported that enrollment was down by 67 students compared to last year. • Mrs. Clarabell Fuque re-opened the Yucca Grill. The cafe re-opened after being shut down for two weeks prior. • With a purchase of $5.00 or more customers at Foodtown could purchase a three pound can of Crisco for […]

Superintendent’s contract extended

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales Municipal Schools superintendent Randy Fowler got the school board’s stamp of approval at Tuesday’s regular board meeting with an extension of his contract through the 2008-2009 school year. The board also learned high school athletic director Don Gomez announced his retirement in a letter to the superintendent dated […]

County lifts fire ban

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With little discussion, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted 5-0 Tuesday to lift the county fire ban in place by proclamation since January. County Administrator Charlene Hardin recommended commissioners lift the fire ban because it had become hard to enforce since statewide bans, which the county proclamation referenced, had been lifted. […]

Floyd welcomes new faces

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer FLOYD — Floyd School students headed into the hallways of their school on Wednesday greeted by new faces from the teaching staff and a new face at the top. For new Floyd School Superintendent Paul Benoit it was his initiation into a Floyd school day. Benoit began his tenure as […]

Short superintendent tenures concern state

Staff and Wire Reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]