Roch named Logan superintendent


State Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been named the new superintendent of Logan Municipal Schools, effective Monday, the first day of classes.

Roch was the principal of Texico Junior High and a former assistant superintendent at Texico and Tucumcari.

Dennis Roch

Dennis Roch

Roch replaces Johnnie Cain, who resigned as Logan’s superintendent on July 14 to become superintendent of the Portales school district.

Roch’s contract is for two years at a salary of $86,000 a year, he said. Roch was selected on a 5-0 vote of the board, said Tom Humble, board president.

“I am delighted to be a member of the Logan Longhorns team,” Roch said Tuesday. He said he plans to build on Logan’s successes, both academically and in athletics. He praised the “great quality of staff and students” at Logan.

Humble said the board is excited Roch will be the new superintendent.

“We have excellent staff and excellent teachers, second to none,” he said.

Humble said Roch was one of four finalists for the position.

“He’s the one who really shined on with experience.”

Cain’s resignation was effective Aug. 7, the same date he started his duties in Portales. Cain was offered the position as Portales’ superintendent on July 8. He replaced Randy Fowler, who retired in June at annual salary of $120,000.

Roch said his new responsibilities will not affect his role as a state representative. In fact, he said, the position at Logan places him closer to the geographic center of his 67th District, which extends from just south of Texico to Raton, a distance of 244 miles.

Roch began his education career in Texico in 1999. He taught and coached for eight years at Texico. In 2007, he became assistant superintendent of Tucumcari schools and took the same position in Texico in 2010.

He was named principal of Texico Junior High School last year.