Education Digest: Clovis schools awarded $5 million

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

The Clovis school district is set to receive nearly $5 million in state funds for construction at La Casita and Zia elementary schools, according to officials.

More than $3.8 million will be used for planning, design and construction for additions and renovations at La Casita and to bring the site to state adequacy for the design capacity of 511 students, a news release from the area’s state legislators reads.

According to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, the funds will also be used for a new multi-purpose room at the school.
Seidenwurm said more than $1 million was awarded for infrastructure improvements at Zia.

The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted Wednesday to award the funds to the district after finding it met the standards of a priority-based funding formula, Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said in the release.

All districts are eligible for state funds, and must provide a level of match, according to the release.

Schools to discuss AYP scores

School superintendents in Curry County will announce Adequate Yearly Progress test scores and ratings at a public meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Clovis Municipal Schools board room in the administration building at 1009 Main St.

CMS announces personnel changes
The following Clovis Municipal Schools personnel changes were announced at Tuesday’s Clovis school board meeting:
Resignations, certified staff — Lisa McClelland, Zia Elementary special education teacher; Mike Prokop, Clovis High School English teacher; John Props, Marshall Middle science teacher/coach; Sherri Vernooy, Zia Elementary kindergarten teacher; Loran Hill, assistant principal, freshman campus; and Terra Greer, Clovis High School social studies teacher/coach.

Employments, certified staff — Lisa Gershon, Parkview Elementary first-grade teacher; Ashley Wagner, Parkview Elementary special education teacher; Alicia Spearman, Marshall Middle English teacher; Norrie Maciel, Yucca Middle special education teacher; Tracy Frigon, Jennifer David Montoya, Jessica Mauldin and Pamela M. Estock, Los Ninos preschool teachers; Cari Jowers, educational diagnostician; Tracee Stagner, Yucca Middle School choral director; Shawn Pelfrey and Susan Ingram, Cameo Elementary sixth-grade teachers; Geri Martinez, Cameo Elementary fifth-grade teacher; April Phipps, Cameo Elementary first-grade teacher; Brenda Spinks, Cameo Elementary fourth-grade teacher; Miguel Ramirez and Donna Blount, Clovis High special education teachers; Jeremy Martin, special education liaison; Regina Jalyn Barba and Tamara Aubachon, Marshall Middle special education teachers; Mary Southard, Clovis High English teacher; Elizabeth Malone, Yucca Middle English teacher; and Florence Russell, Marshall Middle science teacher/coach.

Resignations, support staff — Laura Lisa Lucio, La Casita educational assistant; Geneva Quintana, Highland Elementary educational assistant; Anabel Mercadal, child nutrition department.

Employments, support staff — Iona Millar, interpreter for the deaf; Liana McCalister, Margaret Fechter and Jessica Nelson, Los Ninos special education educational assistants; Keffi Tafoya, Lincoln Jackson special education educational assistant; Cherry Johnson, Highland Elementary media specialist; Bert Tolle, Highland Elementary physical education educational assistant; Regina Downing, educational assistant for Choices, Clovis High School assistant coach; Laurie Kennedy, Trendyce Naussbaum, Rose Plaza, Christian Sierra and Donna Williams, custodians.

Education calendar is compiled by CNJ news editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: