Representatives should proudly display stance

By Freedom Newspapers Should Texans know how their legislators vote on all major items? The answer should be obvious. How else would Texas residents know whether legislators are properly representing their interests? But some people surely will be surprised to find that Texas lawmakers don’t record all votes, and they like it that way. Six […]

Four team districts possible

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer The New Mexico Activities Association is considering a proposal that would require at least four teams in all districts as part of its realignment process. Concerns about the level of competition and the number of automatic playoffs bids awarded to three-team districts influenced the association’s call for a minimum […]

Education Digest: Board meeting venue changed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education has changed the venue for its upcoming meeting. The board will decide whether to implement the administration proposal to reconfigure junior high schools by creating a ninth-grade academy at Gattis Junior High School at the meeting. The meeting will be held at […]

Schools seek 50 percent as solution

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two thorns in the side of New Mexico public schools were discussed at the New Mexico School Board Association Region Five meeting: Inadequate funding and No Child Left Behind mandates. Also discussed at the meeting, held Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center, were two possible solutions endorsed by the […]

County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

Hopefuls in search of jobs at ENMU teacher fair

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — With her husband stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, Heather Alvarez attended a teacher fair Tuesday at Eastern New Mexico University hoping to find a job in the Portales-Clovis area. The good news is the Clovis and Portales school districts are looking for teachers. “I want to stay […]

NMAA boss: Three-team districts in tough spot

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Editor’s note: New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Gary Tripp just finished his second year head of the governing body for the state’s high school athletics championships. During Tripp’s tenure as executive director, postseason for sports have been expanded to include 16 teams, tournament were seeded and the two largest […]

Area rural schools being recognized by governor

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When it comes to meeting No Child Left Behind mandates, small schools reign, and state officials have noticed. Nine rural school districts in eastern New Mexico have been named “quality districts” by the Public Education Department and Gov. Bill Richardson. Those nine districts, in addition to 21 others across […]

Many N.M. superintendents have short tenure

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of the state’s 89 school districts will be led by superintendents who have two years or less in their current positions when classes start this year. In Roosevelt County, two school districts recently parted ways with their superintendents. Fort Sumner and Clovis also have new superintendents. […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]