Tiff arises over prisoner transport

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By Robin Fornoff: FNM Content Editor Sheriff Matt Murray and Curry County administrators are locked in a struggle over who pays for transporting jail inmates for medical services. The political tiff bobbed to the surface briefly Tuesday when Commissioner Robert Sandoval questioned a $440 charge to Murray’s credit card on Aug. 10 for legal services […]

Jail officials compiling inmate costs for state reimbursement

Sharna Johnson The state is paying less than the costs its inmates incur at the Curry County jail based on recent calculations by jail administrators, who are trying to compile data to get reimbursed. In one quarter last year — from January to April 2010 — the cost of housing 19 inmates locally for the […]

Committee will work on new school name

Liliana Castillo Clovis school administrators will be creating a committee to name a third middle school to be built at the intersection of Thornton Street and Wilhite Road. Superintendent Terry Myers reported during Tuesday’s monthly board meeting that architects will soon need to know colors, a mascot and a name for the new school as […]

Teachers, administrators disheartened by retirement proposal

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

School spotlight aimed at race

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Almost 80 percent of the administrators and supervisors in Clovis Municipal Schools are white. More than 60 percent of the student body is not. The discrepancy is among the issues brought to the spotlight recently by a group calling itself Concerned Citizens of Curry County, which has voiced concerns […]

Hull Street bridge bids under projections

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Call it a little reverse sticker shock. When City of Clovis administrators began opening bids from companies hoping to build a new bridge at Hull Street, it was expected that the cost would be somewhere close to $6 million. That’s because HDR Engineering previously estimated the cost at $5.8 […]

Administrators not sure bill offering schools flexibility will survive

CNJ staff It seemed a bill adopted Wednesday by the New Mexico Senate giving schools flexibility to deal with budget cuts might give districts some hope. Not so, said Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm said she doesn’t believe the bill will make it through the House and become law. “This morning, we were hoping that […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

Nov. 18 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 1 p.m. Nov. 7 an officer was dispatched to a school in the 100 block of Commerce Way for a report of a public affray. School administrators told the officer a video of a fight between students after school at a […]

Teachers support 9th-grade academy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In an hour and a half, the concept of a Clovis ninth-grade academy was explored, lauded and scrutinized. Administrators and teachers mapped progress in research of the concept, while some parents cast doubts. Roughly 50 people gathered at Yucca Junior High School to discuss the concept of redesign of […]

Group seeks to promoto Latino education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The odds were against Ricardo Arrendondo. No one in his family had ever entered a college classroom. That did not stop him from earning his master’s degree in English. The odds were also against Ron Martinez. As an undergraduate at Eastern New Mexico University, he was slammed by discrimination […]

School board OKs further junior high research

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School administrators were given permission to move forward with research on the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools Tuesday during a school board meeting. Board members unanimously approved a motion that allows administrators to research the concept of moving ninth-graders into a ninth-grade center or the Clovis High School, […]

Meeting set for junior high fate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members will vote today on whether to continue or end research on the reorganization of Clovis junior high schools, according to a school board agenda. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St. School administrators seek permission from the board to further explore […]

Courts should protect papers from prior review

Freedom Newspapers University newspaper staffs are reeling from a recent federal appellate court ruling upholding administrators’ right to review campus papers with the same authority that the U.S. Supreme Court gave high school principals. The ruling could set up a battle over campus press freedom. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last month […]

State helps Clovis schools balance budget

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis schools budget has been balanced — at least for a year. Clovis Municipal Schools administrators said changes in funding at the state level helped recoup most of a projected $1.3 million deficit officials reported during a budget workshop two weeks ago. “We came out much better than […]

Teachers resigned to lower wages

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Matthew Seltzer, band director at Yucca Junior High School, directs the band during class Wednesday at the school. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer While Clovis schools’ administrators are making more money than the teachers working for them, one teacher said that doesn’t bother him. “I think, if anything, all of […]

Secretary of education selected

By Jack King Area educators on Thursday applauded Gov. Bill Richardson’s selection of Veronica C. Garcia as state secretary of education. Garcia, an Albuquerque resident, a native New Mexican, and the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, has seen the state’s education system from all levels, they said. “I think we […]