School board to consider reducing meetings to once a month

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is considering reducing the frequency of its meetings.

The board currently meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of the month. At the next regular meeting 5:30 p.m. June 22, the board will consider changing meetings to once monthly.

President Mark Lansford said the suggestion was brought up by Secretary Max Best.

“People have to remember we are unpaid and two meetings a month creates a lot of time issues,” he said.

Best said the board can handle school visitation meetings by visiting multiple schools on one trip three or four times a year.

Best said he looked into how often boards meet in similar districts. He said Carlsbad and Roswell each meet once a month.

“All business can be transacted only once a month and we can call special meetings to address any urgent business,” Lansford said.

Lansford said the board’s agenda is often packed and he isn’t sure management can get all their items that require board action together for one meeting.

“I’m confident they can do it but I think they will need to be very organized. If they (management) feel they can operate the district with us meeting once a month then I don’t foresee any huge obstacle,” Lansford said.

The board last changed its meeting schedule in June 2005. At that time, the board moved twice-monthly meetings from 7 p.m. up to 5:30 p.m. and eradicated a 6:30 a.m. meeting.