Computer glitch delays AYP results

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers A glitch in the state’s computer system Wednesday delayed release of Adequate Yearly Progress reports for schools across the state. Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said flaws in the New Mexico Public Education Department report delayed release of the information. Seidenwurm said by law the state has until Sunday to provide […]

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 […]

Forum planned to discuss school attendance zone

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Municipal Schools will hold a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss moving a portion of the elementary attendance zone from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista to Barry. The Limited Elementary Attendance Re-zoning Public Forum will be held in the board room of the Clovis Municipal […]

Clovis schools plan for growth

By Jean Verlich: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Plans to accommodate future growth in Clovis elementary schools were set in motion at Tuesday’s school board meeting with proposed changes to the zoning for Barry Elementary School and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told board members enrollment at Barry is under 300 students, with […]

Board awards superintendent 5 percent raise

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis Schools Superinten-dent Rhonda Seidenwurm will receive the same 5 percent pay raise other school district employees on average will receive. The school board approved Seidenwurm’s pay increase at Tuesday’s meeting. Her current annual salary was increased $6,425 to $134,925 effective July 1. “It’s a vote of confidence,” Seidenwurm […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Hobbs students show true colors

Jean Verlich: CNJ New Editor WHEN THEY HEARD ABOUT the destruction from the March 23 tornado suffered by residents of their arch-rival Clovis, Hobbs students put aside their competitive spirit to help. Jars wrapped with ribbons in Clovis’ purple school color were set out to collect “Coins for Clovis” in Hobbs schools. HOBBS MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS […]

Meetings Watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The following is a report of Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting: — While discussing 2007-08 budget numbers, Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm addressed the matter of Training & Experience values and how the school system wasn’t taking advantage of available funding. Under the system, teachers are given […]

Clovis High lockdown removed

A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. CHS Principal Jody Balch said the school was locked down for about an hour after a student reported seeing an unknown, suspicious teen near the […]

School extends superintendent’s contract

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Schools Board of Education extended Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract until 2009 on Tuesday, but postponed salary and benefit negotiations. Those terms will be settled during the annual budgeting process, which usually occurs in April, board members said during Tuesday’s school-board meeting. Seidenwurm’s annual salary is $128,500, according […]

Some teachers’ salaries exceed principals’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Some teachers in Clovis Municipal Schools are being paid more than principals because of a skewed salary system mandated by the state, according to Clovis Schools administration. The highest paid teachers in the district get approximately $7 more an hour than elementary principals, according to a breakdown of salaries […]

Academy approved

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Lendra Hailey, a counselor at Marshall Junior High School, speaks Tuesday night to the school board at Clovis High School. She spoke on behalf of Marshall’s teachers in support of the realignment. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis ninth-graders are bound for an academy all their own beginning with […]

Clovis parents group fighting junior high realignment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis parents believe the proposal to realign Clovis junior high schools is a boggle that needs to be tabled, but Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm contends their fears are unfounded. Realignment without further research would waste taxpayer dollars, jeopardize students, avoid the root of academic […]

Clovis making schedule switch

By CNJ Staff Clovis High School will move to a seven-period day at the start of the 2007-2008 school year, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Results from a CHS staff survey released Monday sealed the move, according to Seidenwurm. Forty percent of teachers who voted in the survey were in favor of […]

Clovis High students question extra school period

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Clovis High School students Lorraine Archibald, left, and Caleb Negrete wrote letters to the Clovis News Journal about a proposed seven-period schedule at the school. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis school officials are considering switching from a six-period day to a seven-period day at the high school in […]

Specifics next stage in junior-high plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Public meetings on the proposed redesign of Clovis junior high schools wrapped up Thursday, with an intimate gathering of about 20 people in the Gattis Junior High School library. Meetings were held at Marshall Junior High School and Yucca Junior High School earlier this month. The force behind the […]

State clarifies food mandate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School-aged hawkers of peanut patties and cookie dough have cause to celebrate. An ambiguous state law that restricts or prohibits the sale of food and beverages for fund-raisers does not apply to off-campus fund raising, according to a memo sent in late September by New Mexico Secretary of Education […]

Book pulled from elementary library shelves

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A suspense novel once on the shelves of three Clovis elementary school libraries has been banned following complaints from a Clovis resident. Librarians with Clovis schools banned “Daughters of Eve” by Lois Duncan from Clovis elementary schools for content they deemed inappropriate for elementary students, according to Clovis Municipal […]

Clovis Schools hires education foundation consultant

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools is one step closer to creating an education foundation. Members of the Clovis Schools Board of Education entered into a contract with education foundation consultant Pete Karabatsos Tuesday during a board meeting. A private foundation can support a range of school programs. Foundations have supported the […]

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 […]