Citizens’ school concerns valid

When I first heard about Concerned Citizens of Curry County, I made the comment to my wife that David Briseno should appoint one or two members to represent the group’s concerns. Since Briseno had worked for Rhonda Seidenwurm, I was sure someone would say the motivation was revenge or a vendetta. Also, regarding Friday’s letter […]

Citizens group meets with Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Leaders of Clovis Municipal Schools and three spokesmen from the Concerned Citizens of Curry County met in private talks Friday that Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said helped clear up misconceptions. Seidenwurm and Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross met with CCCC President David Briseno, Johnny Chavez and local NAACP President Selmus Price, […]

Residents recognize significance of Tuesday’s inauguration

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Briseno, 17, said she didn’t really know how to pack for her trip with 10 classmates to the inauguration. She made sure to pack a map of the metro system subway in Washington D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Among the millions expected to swarm Washington, D.C., for […]

Briseno to call it a career

David Briseno has worn many hats in the 26 years he’s worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools system, some at the same time. And he’s good at it, according to Matthew Trujillo, principal of Highland Elementary School. “He’s good with kids and a great motivator,” Trujillo said. Briseno, executive director of community relations for the […]

Undocumented immigrants fight for education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Edith, left, and Adriana, Clovis High School seniors, have been in the U.S. for at least six years. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Iveth has attended Clovis schools since she came to the United States with her parents about six years ago. Now a Clovis High School senior taking […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

School assures safety

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the wake of several violent school shootings, the attention of the nation has turned to issues of school safety. In Clovis Municipal Schools, safeguarding students has long been a top concern, according to school officials. In response to the 1999 Columbine school shooting, local school officials beefed up […]

Job changes student’s life

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A job changed Oswaldo “Ozzie” Flores, perhaps forever. “I was just one of those little thugs,” said Flores, 16. “I was always getting suspended, always in trouble. I remember being told I would never make it to the high school,” he said. That string of suspensions led Flores to […]

Officials say tutoring program ineffective

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis schools that did not meet federal standards for student performance three years in a row must provide free tutoring to students. Cameo Elementary School and W.D. Gattis Junior High School students are eligible for the federally funded program, which is a spin-off the No Child Left Behind […]