Leadership N.M. coming to Clovis

By CNJ STAFF

Members of Leadership New Mexico’s Core Program will visit Clovis Thursday through Saturday to review education concerns.
“Each year, a group of accomplished leaders from around the state is selected to participate in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program,” said Trish Plichta, marketing director, in a news release.
“The participants are selected for their leadership abilities, career accomplishments, volunteer activities and personal concern and commitment for the future of New Mexico.”
Participants from the Clovis area this year include Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce; Orlando Ortega, mayor of Portales; and Zala Smith, developer and Realtor with Colonial Real Estate.
Past graduates include James Bostwick, owner and president of Bostwick Farms Inc.; Gayla Brumfield, owner of Colonial Real Estate; David Lansford, mayor of Clovis; Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College; Ray Mondragon, city manager of Clovis; Dick Smith, independent consultant; and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, Small Business Development Center director at Clovis Community College.
Topics to be discussed this week in Clovis include:
• National trends in education and their relation to New Mexico.
• Implementation of school reform in New Mexico.
• Accountability and testing.
• Teacher quality and implementation of three-tier licensure.
• Implementation of the Indian Education Act.
• Challenges in the classroom: Education reform in New Mexico.
• The role of higher education in New Mexico.
• Reality check: The Student’s Perspective.
Local presenters include Carl Armstrong, Clovis High School; Jan Cox, principal of Clovis’ Mesa Elementary School; Neil Nuttall, superintendent of schools for Clovis; Kit Smith, Mesa Elementary School; and Brumfield, Clovis Community College Board of Regents.
The Leadership New Mexico Core Program lasts 10 months and consists of six program sessions and hands-on experiences that highlight local, regional and statewide concerns, Plichta said.