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Staff honored at education meeting
Six staff members from three schools were honored as employees of the month at Tuesday night’s Clovis Board of Education meeting. About 120 people were on hand as each honoree received a plaque and delivered a short speech.
“They are the real heroes of their district,” said Superintendent Neil Nuttall. “These are the ones that do their job every day and make us all look good.”
Those honored were:

James Bickley School:
> Connie Williams — Host teacher
> Maryline Bigham — Computer lab teacher

Lincoln Jackson School:
> Chris Harrell — Sixth grade teacher
> Tracy Cordova — Custodian

Lockwood Elementary:
> Mychelle Simms — Fourth grade teacher
> Jan Saiz — Night custodian

University offers $1,000 guarantee
High school students who finish in the top 25 percent of their 2004 could earn a $1,000 scholarship to West Texas A&M University. The scholarship packages are available — and guaranteed — from WTAMU for the 2004-2005 academic year if qualified students complete and submit a scholarship request form by Monday and an application for admission by March 1.
According to Troy Johnson, WTAMU dean of enrollment management, out-of-state tuition is waived for non-resident students who receive scholarship funds totaling $1,000 or more.
“Out-of-state students who meet the criteria for our $1,000 scholarship package will save about $3,000 more because of the waiver,” Johnson said.
Part or all of the first-year scholarship package may be renewed in coming years if a student maintains a high grade point average.
“I think it’s important to reward hard-working students,” Johnson said.
Applications and other admissions and scholarship forms are available online at:
or by calling 806-651-2020 or 1-800-99-WTAMU.

Education forum to be held in Santa Fe
The New Mexico House of Representatives are asking for input from students, teachers, parents and administrators concerning state education issues.
An open forum will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the House Chambers in Santa Fe.
“I think we are going to have a lot of people talking about the arts, funding and pay raises,” said Anne Uhring, a representative for the house majority leadership. “Some of the best ideas come from people who say, ‘oh, by the way.’”
Uhring said the forum is held each year and she said about 70 people usually attend the event.
“It depends on the subject matter, but this time I expect more people because they want to talk about arts education.”

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Ryan Lengerich. He may be contacted at 763-3431, extension 313, or by e-mail: