School board to meet

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal School Board of Education will hold a special meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 1009 Main St. The board is expected to enter into an executive session to consider candidates to replace Clovis School Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm’s last day is June 25. A roll call vote […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm dedicated to students

In my 25 years as an administrator at four community colleges, I have had the opportunity to work with about 40 superintendents of schools at 27 different school districts. While I found most of those superintendents easy to work with, I have never worked with a superintendent more supportive of the local community college than […]

Seidenwurm says time in Clovis rollercoaster ride

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm will finish her five years with Clovis at the end of June. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, the first female superintendent in Clovis, describes her five years at the helm of Clovis Municipal Schools as a rollercoaster ride. A week […]

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, […]

Verbal attack was without merit

By Lola Bryant: Guest columnist I am the only Hispanic board member on the Clovis Municipal Schools Board, and as such members of the community often come to me with their concerns. When the Concerned Citizens of Curry County (CCCC) asked to meet without Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm being present, alongside another board member, I agreed. […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm puts children first

While I am sure I don’t understand the details or agendas of those who are taking issue with Rhonda Seidenwurm’s leadership of our schools, there is something of which I am certain: Wherever and whenever Seidenwurm encountered those whose agenda was to do something positive and helpful for our children, she did everything possible to […]

Data: Minorities in supervisory roles increased under Seidenwurm

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church Pastor Alan McAlister spoke to the school board in support of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm Tuesday during a special session. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Data kept by Clovis schools shows the number of minorities in administrative and supervisory roles has increased since 2005. The data was […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks

Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks I’ve been a physician in this community nearly 30 years. Much of my service has been to our Hispanic and minority population. We’ve raised two children through the Clovis schools, a system that supported them and helped them become successful adults. Both are fluent in English and Spanish; their mother is […]

Board approves timeline for finding new superintendent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall presented CHS English department head Renie Smith with a plaque in honor of her being named the teacher of the year for 2008-2009 during Tuesday’s board meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education Tuesday approved a timeline […]

School board meetings must be accessible

Freedom New Mexico Our newspaper is having a disagreement with Clovis Municipal Schools officials. The school board met in executive session Tuesday night to discuss replacing Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, who is retiring in June. We agree that New Mexico law allows the board to meet in secret for this purpose. Where we disagree — at […]

School board meets in executive session, takes no action

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the recent resignation of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The board took no action before adjourning after about an hour. Seidenwurm announced last week she will resign on June 30. Board members said the closed session was held to discuss plans […]

School board taking first steps to replace Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School board of education plans to meet next week to decide the first step in finding a replacement for Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm announced Wednesday she will resign at the end of the school year. Board members say it’s too early in the process to know […]

Press release: Seidenwurm tenders resignation effective June 30

Dr. Rhonda Seidenwurm, Superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, has tendered her resignation to the Board of Education effective June 30, 2010. The Board wishes to recognize the outstanding accomplishments and difficult situations Dr. Seidenwurm has led the district through. She came to Clovis just as the Base Realignment & Closure (BRAC) Commission was attempting to […]

CMS superintendent will resign in June

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm resigned Wednesday effective June 30. Board of Education President Lora Harlan said this traditionally is the time of year when the superintendent’s contract is up for renewal. Seidenwurm signed a two-year, $138,700-a-year contract in June 2008. Harlan said Seidenwurm had indicated to the board as early as last summer […]

School district: Court overstepped bounds on Isler restraining order

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis basketball coach J.D. Isler talks to his team during the semifinals of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic last week against El Paso Bowie. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says she has lost all trust and confidence in J.D. Isler’s ability to coach varsity basketball. Isler, […]

Clovis basketball coach suspended

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CNJ file photo J.D. Isler was in his ninth season coaching the Wildcats. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has been suspended for the remainder of the school year by the New Mexico Activities Association. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said her office has received a letter […]

School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district. Seidenwurm said each site or department with a […]

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 […]

Seidenwurm urges parents to let healthy kids keep going to school in spite of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left, Clovis schools Director of Nursing Rhonda Sparks, Curry County Health Office Nurse Manager Gayla Jaquess and Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos answer parents’ questions at special meeting Tuesday in Zia Elementary School. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When only 15 parents came to the district’s […]

Superintendent: District taking steps to deal with funding cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm is in the midst of a week of meeting with community leaders to talk about a possible 10 percent cut in state money. “I am sharing with them how much education has already been cut. No one’s felt it yet because we have […]