Schools’ budget could get 6.5 percent boost

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Municipal Schools’ budget for the 2007-2008 school year is expected to top $50 million, a 6.5 percent increase from last year. School board members OK’d the introduction of the $51.3 million budget at Tuesday’s meeting. They will vote on its final approval May 22. Salaries account for the […]

Letters to the Editor: Senator’s lottery reform bill a winner

Many, many kudos to Senate Minority Floor Leader Stuart Ingle, who co-sponsored Senate Bill 364, the lottery-reform bill that was recently signed into law. SB 364 requires the New Mexico Lottery Authority to cut its relatively high administrative and operating costs and reallocate those savings to more full-tuition college scholarships for deserving high school students. […]

Education Digest: Alliance updates state data cards

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Alliance for Excellent Education recently updated its New Mexico State Card. The card gives a statistical snapshot of the status of high schools in the state, according to an Alliance press release. The cards were developed to provide data for policymakers, government officials and concerned citizens, and are […]

Parental fine pushes officials’ control too far

By Freedom Newspapers It had to happen. Now there’s a politician who wants to get the law-making process involved in the delicate business of teacher-parent relations. Rep. Wayne Smith, a Republican from Baytown, Texas, has filed a bill that would allow a $500 fine to be levied on parents who miss a meeting with their […]

Schools lack in social studies department

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer While I was on a dinner break last week, I went to a fast-food restaurant for a quick bite. Standing in line, I heard a teenager sitting behind me joking with his friends. The teenager was not willing to trade seats with another friend. He said with a laugh, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Report card revise in works

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Report cards for Clovis elementary students may get more detailed, according to Clovis Municipal Schools administrators. Administrators said they are testing the water for new report cards that reflect state standards and benchmarks. A report card revision would allow “parents to see how their children are actually performing,” CMS […]

Dendahl sees corruption, education as biggest issues

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksRepublican gubernatorial candidate John Dendahl stops by the Clovis News Journal Thursday afternoon to answer some questions about himself and his campaign. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer John Dendahl is the Republican candidate for New Mexico governor. He is running against Democrat incumbent Gov. Bill Richardson. Q: What qualifies you […]

Teacher of year helps kids grow

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Melissa Romero of Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis gives her kindergarten class a lesson in patterns while KayDee Wallace watches. Romero was named Clovis’ Teacher of the Year. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melissa Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lockwood Elementary School, was recently named the 2006 Clovis Teacher […]

Reunions

Sudan The Sudan Homecoming Banquet will be Sept. 16, 2006, in the High School Commons Area. Registration and reception will be at 5:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 7 p.m. Plates are $15. The meal and entertainment will be provided by ex-students. All ex-students and teachers are encouraged to attend. Information: 806-385-7407 […]

5/28 Letters to the editor

Cutting teachers poor answer to budget Why does the superintendent of Clovis schools blame the elimination of 14 educational assistants, three other full-time and two other part-time positions on the state-mandated raises? Teachers deserve a raise for their work with and among the children. The teachers have agreed to relinquish their planning period, which means […]

School board approves tight budget

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A frugal budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools was approved unanimously Tuesday by school board members. The roughly $50 million budget fell short of the needs of the 18-school district by about $1.4 million, according to Clovis Schools administrators. Compensation came largely in the form of staff cuts. Fifteen […]

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 […]

Segregation only breeds ignorance

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist When I was a child, I lived in a city that was predominantly black. It was a quaint little burg called Los Angeles. I took for granted that it was a black city because black people were virtually all I ever saw in my neighborhood. The few whites who passed […]

High school electives downsized

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Readying for a new schedule next school year at the Clovis High School means downsizing programs and shuffling personnel. Eight teachers at the high school have been assigned new jobs or have been relocated to another school in the district, according to Clovis High School Principal Jody Balch. For […]

4/9 Letters to the editor

Schools should rethink budget solution In Wednesday’s paper I read that the Clovis schools are in a budget crunch and, according to the superintendent, the solution to the problem is to reduce the number of teachers at Clovis High School. On an inside-page story, I also read that the school board had waived a nepotism […]

Bilingual teachers in short supply

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Clovis High School bilingual language teacher Ron Elguera directs a rehearsal Wednesday at the high school. The Spanish for Spanish speakers class is working on three skits to be performed at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stint as a student teacher is a necessary step on the […]

3/12 Letters to the editor

Students have right to attend school I read Victoria Rae Bryant’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s CNJ with amazement. (“Principal squelching students’ rights”) I didn’t realize students had rights. Back when I was in high school, the only right I had was that the doors were open when I was supposed to be there. […]

Education feature: Lincoln-Jackson easing into transition

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Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy will merge with Bella Vista Elementary in the fall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The costumes, museum artifacts and literature Sara Hennessy uses to teach her fifth-grade class about the Colonial era have been packed away in a box. The Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy teacher finished the unit […]