Clovis school district hands out awards

By Gary Mitchell

It was a time for recognizing outstanding effort and achievement during Tuesday’s Clovis School Board meeting.
Clovis School Superintendent Neil Nuttall presented a plaque to Wayne Anderson, school music coordinator, recognizing Clovis as one of the “Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America for 2003.”
“This is a national recognition we’re very proud of,” Nuttall said. “This award is indicative of the quality of the whole community and the music instructors in our schools.”
Anderson said he accepted the award on behalf of “the entire music staff.”
“We’ve been trying for this award for many years, and now maybe we can keep on winning it,” he said.
Board members also presented $600 scholarships to two Clovis High School seniors — Lizette Meador and Billy Ray Dykes Jr.
“Every time we as board members meet, the state gives us a small stipend, but we have not ever taken it,” said board President Lora Harlan. “Instead, we decided to turn those stipends into a scholarship fund, and we give scholarships each year to one male and one female student.”
In addition, assistant superintendent Lonnie Leslie presented a $1,500 Pepsi/Character Counts Scholarship to CHS senior Tory Roberts.
“Although academics is a factor, this scholarship is primarily based on the Character Counts qualities evident in a student,” Leslie said. “Each year, we ask teachers for their opinion of which student best epitomizes those traits.”
In other award presentations, school administrators presented Employee of the Month honors to: Kathi Holland and Janet Schaeffer from Zia Elementary School; Nicole Bloxom and Vicky Clark from Los Ninos Early Intervention Center; and Dana Horne and Pam Carter from the school district’s Special Education Department.
The next school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 27 at the central administration building, 1009 N. Main St.