Meetings watch: School projects OK’d

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the campus of Barry Elementary School.

• Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said she and Deputy Superintendent for Operations Joel Shirley heard news to go ahead on renovations at two elementary school campuses and to start work on a new middle school at the Public Schools Capital Outlay Council meeting Thursday in Santa Fe.

“They requested our presence at the meeting,” Seidenwurm said. “We took it as a good sign, and indeed it was.”

Renovations at La Casita Elementary and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista that had been put on hold could resume, and a third middle school was given a thumbs-up from the council.

Shirley said he planned to have advertisements out for design work by the end of the week for a school with capacity for 900 students. He said the middle school might open in 2012, but a variety of circumstances could push that target to 2013.

Board member Mark Lansford said he didn’t want the school board to hold up anything, and asked if the administration could provide a timeline of what the board needed to do and when it needed to do things like redistricting.

Shirley said a timeline would be best considered in January, after design work is underway, but the board would get six months advance notice on any action it would be required to take.

• The board approved an addition of beginning piano to the Clovis High School freshman class schedule.

— Compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Kevin Wilson