Clovis schools preparing for arrival of new students

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Cannon Air Force Base is expecting an influx of about 300 military dependents between October and June, according to 27th Special Operations wing Mission Support Group Commander Col. Babette Lenfant.

Lenfant told Clovis school board members Tuesday the dependents would be coming with the 3rd Special Operations Squadron personnel moving to Cannon Air Force Base from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lenfant said she wasn’t sure how many of the 300 would be students.

The 16th Special Operations Squadron stationed at Hurlburt Field in Florida is also slated to move to Cannon in the future, Lenfant said.

Clovis schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said school officials will attend a town hall meeting next month at Hurlburt Field to answer questions military parents have regarding Clovis schools.

Lenfant said housing and education are issues that concern military families.

Seidenwurm told board members they could expect projected student numbers before Christmas.

In other business board members:

• Approved a resolution and proclamation of a school district election Feb. 3.

Seidenwurm said terms for board members Max Best and Lola Bryant expire next year. The five board members serve a four-year term, according to Seidenwurm

According to the resolution, potential candidates should file their application Dec. 16.

• Appointed Joel Shirley, deputy superintendent for operations, as the school district’s Public School Facilities Authority district representative.

• Approved advertising guidelines for school publications.

• Recognized Clovis High School Senior Zachary Gillooly, a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Gillooly is among about 1,600 semifinalists for the scholarship, according to the National Merit Scholarship Web site.

About 1,300 finalists are selected and more than half receive the award, according to the Web site.