Audits displease area superintendents

Liliana Castillo Area superintendents were not pleased with the way the state Public Education Department handled an audit process last month. The PED audited 34 districts across the state to identify reporting issues. What sparked the audit: Over the last year, the number of new students in New Mexico increased by about 1 percent and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Graduation, Curry’s first elected woman and east meets west

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Check it out Floyd and Elida school districts have calendars of end-of-the-school-year events available at: • Floyd Municipal School District: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ • Elida Municipal Schools: http://www.elidaschools.net/ ENMU graduation set Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will host its 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday at […]

Four area school districts audited

Liliana Castillo Four area school districts were audited by the New Mexico Public Education Department over the last 10 days. Initial findings were released Thursday. Based on a review of 10,000 files from 34 districts across the state, Portales Municipal Schools was cleared of all issues along with seven other districts. Clovis Municipal Schools and […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm dedicated to students

In my 25 years as an administrator at four community colleges, I have had the opportunity to work with about 40 superintendents of schools at 27 different school districts. While I found most of those superintendents easy to work with, I have never worked with a superintendent more supportive of the local community college than […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Egolf proposes tax districts for solar loans

By Staci Matlock: The New Mexican New Mexico homeowners could get loans for solar electricity systems and pay back the money through their property taxes under a bill introduced Tuesday by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. House Bill 572 would allow counties to establish special assessment districts for solar-energy improvements. Egolf thinks it is the […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

USDA releases recall list

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a list Thursday of all school districts nationwide that received beef included in last month’s recall of 143 million pounds from a California slaughterhouse. Those districts include several from the area previously reported, plus some not previously listed: Clovis, Portales, Melrose, Grady, Texico, Logan, San […]

State gives beef disposal instructions to schools

The Human Services Department Instructs Schools to Dispose of Recalled Beef Most of the recalled beef in New Mexico is still in school district inventories Santa Fe, New Mexico – The New Mexico Human Services Department today received instructions from the USDA on how to handle the nearly 3,000 cases of Westland Meat Co. recalled […]