Texico superintendent says he still has goals to accomplish

CNJ staff

Texico Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, who withdrew from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent, gave the CNJ a copy of his written statement Saturday as submitted to the Clovis school board.

The statement:

“In these uncertain times, there is always one constant, the Lord. After much prayer and thought, I need to stay at Texico Schools. Clovis Schools has a great system and some super personnel. However, Texico Schools has a great system and tremendous staff. Proverb 16:1 in the Living Bible says “We can make your plans, but the final outcome is in God’s hands.” The Texico School Board has been a blessing to my family and I, and it would not be fair to leave Texico Schools in the middle of a multi-million dollar construction project. And I still have some goals I want to see the Texico students accomplish.

I am therefore withdrawing my name from the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent search. If I have offended anyone in this process I humbly ask your forgiveness.

There is good work for the students of Texico to accomplish and I want to be part of their success.”

— R. L. Richards

Fort Sumner Superintendent Patricia Miller, CMS Deputy Superintendent Joel Shirley and Earl Pettit, superintendent of schools in Douglas, Ariz., are all scheduled to be interviewed for the CMS job next week.

Richards has been Texico’s superintendent for 20 years.

CMS board members have said they hope to select the new Clovis school leader by March 31.