De Baca County manager dismissed

CNJ staff De Baca County commissioners voted to dismiss County Manager John Nuttall during Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, according to Committee Chair Joe Steele. Steele would not state the cause behind the dismissal, saying that he “doesn’t feel comfortable putting personnel matters out there.” Commissioner Tommy Roybal said Nuttall was an at-will employee. “We could […]

Clovis alum primed for solid senior season

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Clovis High grad Nathan Nuttall should see plenty of playing time this season with the Aggies. (Courtesy photo) By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer Clovis grad Nathan Nuttall said, so far, the college football experience has been even better than expected. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Nuttall said. Primarily a running back in […]

NMSU coach Mumme spreads word about Aggies

By John Eisel Hal Mumme was in the familiar role of recruiter Thursday morning in Clovis. The recently-hired New Mexico State football coach wasn’t going after players, however. He wants support of football fans and Aggie alums in eastern New Mexico. Mumme has traveled across the state trying to spread the word to boosters, media […]

School district set for change after losing superintendent

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer When former Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall accepted a position as president at North Central Missouri College, he set the district up for sweeping changes in 2005. Applications to fill Nuttall’s vacancy permanently will be accepted beginning Jan. 3. A 60-day state legislative session begins in January. School board […]

Superintendent will need to wear variety of hats

Freedom Newspapers The next superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools can’t be one dimensional and succeed. That person must bring multiple talents to the challenges he or she will face. In short, the ideal candidate must be politically astute, a creative and persuasive problem-solver, proactive and visionary, understand and handle diversity issues, and, above all, be […]

Nuttall’s success should be seen by harshest critics

CNJ Editorial Neil Nuttall completes 7 1/2 years as Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent this week, leaving Tuesday for North Central Missouri College where he becomes its president. Nuttall leaves behind a legacy of academic vision and infrastructure that will serve Clovis students and the community for decades to come. And, as with all such agents […]

Ross gets the nod as top boss for Clovis schools

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer In just one 25-minute meeting, one interview with one candidate, no questions from the public and five enthusiastic votes, G.C. Ross was named interim superintendent of Clovis schools. The retired educator of 36 years in the Clovis system will inherit the district from Neil Nuttall, who has been named president […]

Timeline set for Clovis superintendent replacement

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board announced Tuesday plans to have an interim superintendent in six days — and a permanent one in place July 1. The board set a timeline to replace outgoing Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who accepted the president’s position at North Central Missouri College in October. He has […]

Board meeting includes discusion about superintendent position

CNJ staff The Clovis School Board will lay out grounds for replacing outgoing Superintendent Neil Nuttall at tonight’s meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the administration building, 1009 Main St. Nuttall accepted a job as president at North Central Missouri College last month. Board President Terry Martin said all discussions and decisions […]

Nuttall leaving office late next month

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board Tuesday officially and unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Neil Nuttall, who will remain under contract through Jan. 31. He said his last day in office will be Nov. 23. He will use the remainder of his vacation and personal days from that point. Nuttall […]

New school boss should be dedicated to children

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall has accepted a position with a community college in Missouri. How should school-board members go about replacing him? … Also, what attributes should the new superintendent bring to the position? “I WOULD THINK THE school board would think about hiring within the school […]

Nuttall successful lobbyist

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Neil Nuttall accepted the position of president at a Missouri college By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer While Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall spent this weekend in Missouri finalizing the terms for his future at a community college, his colleagues said his years in Clovis were marked by change nationwide and decisions locally. Nuttall accepted […]

Missouri junior college hiring Clovis schools superintendent

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By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Neil Nuttall said presiding at a college is something he always prepared for as he pursued his doctorate degree. The Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent agreed Monday to chase what he called a “new dimension” in life by accepting a position as president at North Central Missouri State in Trenton, […]

Superintendent trying to better himself

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “What do you think about the possibility of Neil Nuttall leaving Clovis schools for a college in Missouri? He’s one of four finalists for that job. Has he been a good superintendent? Are Clovis schools better today than when he arrived seven years ago?” Some […]

Polls: Stevens should mind his tone

David Stevens, Editor Recent polls on our newspaper’s Web site have annoyed some readers, delighted others and sparked a lot of community discussion on the issues. The first poll that attracted multiple telephone calls to my desk ran from Sept. 5 to Sept. 12 and asked: “How do you feel about the pay provided top-level […]

Coordination between schools, base crucial

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Cannon Air Force Base children board a Clovis school bus for the first day of school. Buses transport students from the base to Clovis schools each day. (Freedom Newspapers: Keith Pannell) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer When the Air Force orders a family to move from one assignment to another, the children are often […]

Clovis schools boss finalist for college job

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Neil Nuttall is in his eighth year with Clovis schools By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The superintendent of Clovis schools would like to forward his career beyond K-12 education, a desire confirmed by his recent interest in the president’s job at North Central Missouri College. Officials at the Trenton, Mo.-based college are interested in […]

Questions arise over beverage contract

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer School officials raised concerns Tuesday about $42,000 they feel may be owed to the district as part of a beverage contract. Board Vice President Mark Lansford and Superintendent Neil Nuttall agree the board is owed the money from the New Mexico Research and Study Council, an Albuquerque-based group that […]

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 […]

Making every penny count

Mike Linn With members of the Curry County United Way hoping to raise at least 9 percent above last year’s sum, this year’s success may depend on donations as small as a penny — literally. To help meet a $392,500 goal, Clovis schools Superintendent Neil Nuttall is spearheading a friendly competition among teachers and students […]