June 28, 2006 Meetings Watch

The Clovis Municipal School Board met Tuesday. The following is a summary of their meeting:

• A resolution was approved which will enable board members to attend board meetings via telephone.

The telephone option is to be used by board members when illness or unavoidable schedule conflicts preclude them from attending a meeting in person.

• The Air Force Junior ROTC program was recognized for receiving the Distinguished Unit Award, which recognizes excellent ROTC chapters nationwide.

• The Clovis Municipal Schools Wellness Policy, mandated at the state and federal level, was approved. The policy states CMS is committed to “providing a coordinated approach to student and staff wellness,” and “encouraging lifelong wellness behaviors that support student achievement.”

• School officials introduced the Inspection of Public Records Act to school board members. The public, by law, has the right to inspect school records, and can do so through a written or oral request, the Act states.

Fees for copies of public records have risen from 25 cents to a $1 per page. Larger documents cost $2. Records not in document form cost $25.

The price for documents was suggested by the state in a conference which addressed the act, school officials said. The CMS fee had been frozen for years, but was raised to reflect current material and labor costs, CMS Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said.

• CMS and the New Mexico Department of Transportation will share the cost of parking lot reconstruction at Bella Vista Elementary School, according to a resolution approved by the board.

The Department of Transportation will contribute about $41,000 to the parking lot reconstruction, whereas CMS will contribute about $14,000, according to CMS officials.

• The Adair Fleet contract for bus service was renewed for the 2006-2007 school year.

• School officials announced agendas for board meeting, board minutes, and documents which accompanying board meetings will be available online, at www.cms.k12.nm.us, at least 24 hours in advance of board meetings.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz