Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools miss AYP

Liliana Castillo Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally-mandated system for rating schools. A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make “adequate yearly progress” under the federal No Child Left […]

Education column: Schools painted, trimmed and cleaned

As our Clovis Municipal School’s operations department continues with summer projects, below is an update on maintenance activities at the remaining elementary schools. At Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, the eaves have been painted, and the basketball court redone. The court area had settled considerably over the years, leaving a depression that collected water and had become […]

Education column: Maintaining school property more work than seems

Next in the installments describing the activities of Clovis Municipal Schools’ Operations Department during the summer months, here are some other things you might notice as you drive in and around town. As schools’ window and frame trims are being repainted, a complementary, two-color scheme, relatively neutral (with the shade chosen by the schools), has […]

New principal at Mesa Elementary

CNJ staff Julie Howell has accepted the position of Principal at Mesa Elementary School. Howell, an instructional coach at Cameo Elementary since 2008, will begin her new position July 21. Prior to her position at Cameo, she was a teacher at Parkview and Lockwood elementary schools, and was a student teacher in 1994 at Sandia […]

Education column: Elementary schools getting facelifts

Continuing with news from the Clovis Schools’ Operations Department and their summer activities: The front of Barry Elementary got a facelift recently. The multi-colored rocks and plants replaced the long row of juniper trees along the front of the building. The new look is cleaner, crisper and there’s no more chance of junipers blowing over […]

Education column: Operations department installing shaded areas on schools

We have been reporting on the Clovis Municipals Schools’ Operations Department and the range of activities with which they’re involved during the summer months. In addition to the waxing and stripping of floors, shampooing of carpets, and extensive grounds maintenance, summer is also the time for construction, repairs, additions, remodeling and execution of the many […]

Our people: Gene Bieker oversees maintenance at Clovis Municipal Schools

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools Executive Director of Operations Gene Bieker said he enjoys ensuring that Clovis students learn in safe and clean buildings. Clovis resident Gene Bieker has worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools for 13 years and is headed for retirement this summer. Bieker retired from a career in the […]

Education column: Clovis schools implementing xeriscaping

The final curtain has come down on the school year, and students are well into their summer activities. Meantime, Clovis Municipal Schools Operations folks have moved into high gear, and it is their moment — pun intended — to shine. Across the district at our school sites and other buildings, things are happening. Gene Bieker, […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

Education column: Maintenance, custodial staff in high gear during summer

You might think that since summer has arrived, everything grinds to a halt, and that nothing much is going on throughout our school district. Not true. In fact, it is during the summer months that our operations department shines. Our maintenance and custodial staff begin their considerable list of projects, many of which can only […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Going green, first car in Clovis and the red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Website of the day The Dora Consolidated Schools Business Professionals of America website design team has a website about the team and the 2012 BPA National Leadership Conference in Chicago. To see it: http://www.doraschools.com/www/doraschools/site/hosting/website2011/Pages/Home.html Fast facts The first automobile in Clovis was a 1901 […]

Education column: Clovis Municipal Schools to host summer academy

Summer is here. No more school…well, almost. Next thing on the agenda is the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Summer Academy. Our version of summer school, the CMS Summer Academy will be held at Cameo Elementary this year from Monday through June 30, meeting on Monday through Thursday of each week. The shortened day runs from 8 […]

School board to discuss budget

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be meeting Tuesday to discuss the budget. The meeting will be held at noon in the district’s administration building board room. The board plans to approve the budget after a review of various budget documents. The board will also look ahead at a five-year budget summary.

Area schools synchronizing spring breaks

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File photo Haidyn Mount, 8, entered four rabbits in the Curry County Fair last year. Clovis Municipal Schools changed their instructional calendar this year so that children like Mount can focus on the fair during fair week and come to school the week after. Liliana Castillo All of the schools in Roosevelt and Curry counties […]

James Bickley renovation becomes new building project

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File photo Clovis Municipal Schools administration has asked that architects incorporate the front of the current James Bickley Elementary School into a new building for the school if the project is approved by the state. Liliana Castillo With cost estimates to renovate James Bickley Elementary School coming in at about $9 million, Clovis schools is […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]

Monday morning briefing: Schools business, an open house and the end of Bonnie and Clyde

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. School supplies If your children go to school in Floyd and you want to plan ahead, the school calendar, elementary school supply list and sports physical form for the 2011-2012 school year are available on the Floyd Municipal School District website: http://www.floydbroncos.com/ The Elida […]

Reader-submitted content: Educator deserves recognition

A week or so ago I read the obituary page in the Clovis News Journal, which included closing the Book of Life for Davenport Beasley. I had to wonder how many in Clovis today remember his 32 years of service to the education of children in the Clovis Municipal Schools. I decided to add a […]

Press release: ACLU says Clovis Municipal Schools Approve Gay-Straight Alliance

CLOVIS, NM – Yesterday, in response to a legal demand letter sent by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico, Clovis Municipal Schools (CMS) announced that it approved students’ application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA). High school senior Steven De Los Santos first applied for permission to form the club in late February. […]