Meetings watch: School board votes for third-party audit of school staff

Highlights from the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday.

• The board accepted applications for Title I migrant, state bilingual education, Title III English, Title I federal stimulus and Title I consolidated funding.

The $1.4 million in stimulus funding would go toward hiring five language specialists and buying Read 180

• A gift of a metal cow, valued at $805, given to Mesa Elementary School by Ron and Jacque Schaap, was approved.

Another gift, a small building for the Clovis High athletic department, was tabled at the request of board member Terry Martin who wanted to get an up-close look at the building before accepting it.

• The board reconsidered a part of the strategic plan dealing with third-party audits.

The plan calls for independent workers to visit school sites and report how they were received and informed by district employees.

The motion passed 4-1, with Mark Lansford voting no.

• The board approved bids for concrete construction, painting of the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and staff uniforms.

• The board approved various budget transfers, and allowed Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to approve end-of-year budget transfers that fall before state deadlines — deadlines that also fall before the next school board meeting June 9.

Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the budget transfers would be presented to the board at that meeting.

— Compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Kevin Wilson