School board announces upcoming elections

Liliana Castillo

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education adopted a resolution Tuesday announcing upcoming school board elections.

Board members from districts three, four and five are up for election in February.

The election affects Member Rodney Muffley in District Three, President Mark Lansford in District Four and Vice President Terry Martin District Five.

The election is Feb. 1 and will take place at consolidated polling locations. Candidates must declare intent to run for the three seats between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 21.

Voters will also vote on a two-mill levy. The levy has been in effect since at least 1985, financial advisor Kevin Powers said, and the question put to voters on Feb. 1 is whether to continue the tax.

Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the levy generates about $1,039,000 the first year and a state match is about equal to that amount.

Two-mill levy money can only be used to build, remodel, furnish school buildings, pay leases, purchasing or improving public school grounds, maintaining school buildings, purchasing activity vehicles and computer software and hardware for students.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a regulation allowing the superintendent to accept donations of products or services less than $10,000. The board will need to approve any donation larger than $10,000.

• Heard a report the district had an unqualified or problem-free preliminary audit report.

CFO Jose Cano said the board will hear a full audit report after the state approves it. He said a full report could take place in February. Cano said the district’s full budget was in excess of $100 million.

• Approved a request for travel for the Gear Up Robotics team.

The team will be traveling to Denton, Texas for a regional competition Nov. 18 through Nov. 21.

• Approved a change in a professional and support staff personal, emergency and religious leave policy.

The change allows twelve month employees to a request personal leave before exhausting vacation time.