Education feature: With days before start of school year, most open teaching slots filled

By Joshua Lucero
Staff writer

With the beginning of the school year just days away, Clovis Municipal Schools is busy readying its teachers and facilities for the task.

The school district incurred 120 teachers resignations or retirements at the end of the 2013-14 school year, but has filled most of the open positions for the upcoming school year, according to Kerry Parker, CMS executive director of human resources.

Parker said the district has 12 teaching slots open.

Three secondary education positions are open as well as seven special education positions.

Parker said all elementary teaching positions have been filled, save for two music teacher positions.

According to Parker, the CMS school district is hiring as quickly as they can, but a backlog of background checks has slowed the process.

Parker said the background checks are performed by the state.

“We’re interviewing every day and we’re moving as quickly as we can.” said Parker.

Parker said that in the event that the positions aren’t filled by Monday, certified substitutes will teach until new teachers are hired.

“Background checks are our number one priority. We take them very seriously,” Parker said.

The school district is also finishing up its science lab renovations at three schools, according to Carrie Bunce, CMS deputy superintendent of operations.

Bunce said the finishing touches are being done at the 17 updated science labs at Yucca Middle School, Marshall Middle School and the Freshman Academy.

“We’re down to the wire, but all renovations will be finished before school starts.” Bunce said.

The labs are expected to be ready for a Thursday evening open house Bunce said.

Bunce said nine schools in the district have scheduled an open house for Thursday.

The schools are Zia Elementary, Barry Elementary, Freshman Academy, Cameo Elementary, Highland Elementary, Mesa Elementary, W.D. Gattis Middle School, Marshall Middle School and Yucca Middle School.