Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

CNJ staff The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning Monday […]

Clovis school board to hold retreat at ENMU

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal School Board is holding a retreat and work study session at Eastern New Mexico University today. The board will go into executive session from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., then begin a public meeting beginning at 1 p.m. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the executive session will consist of her quarterly […]

Official reports Clovis schools attendance up

CNJ staff Expansion at Cannon Air Force Base is being pegged as the reason for a significant jump in the number of students at Clovis Municipal Schools. Attendance is up 400 students from this time last year. That represents a 5 percent increase in the usual 8,000 students, Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm disclosed Wednesday. Seidenwurm said […]

Superintendent says stormy first day of school went well through district

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Seven-year-old Hannah Luscombe poses for a photograph for her grandmother Suzanne Estes in front of Barry Elementary School Friday on the first day of school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Some limbs were lost on the first day of school for the Clovis Municipal Schools system. Tree limbs that […]

Clovis school district hires new high school principal

Freedom New Mexico Wayne Marshall, current principal of Moriarty High School, is the new principal at Clovis High School. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm made the announcement Friday. She said current CHS principal Jody Balch announced his retirement in March. The interview committee consisted of two high school teachers, a parent from the governing council, the CHS […]

School investment bill passes House

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools could receive $7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The bill, which passed the House, is intended to provide public schools with funding to modernize and protect teacher jobs. The plan would provide $2 million in Title 1-A funding, almost $2.5 million for Individuals […]

Official: New ID system protects students

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Finger imprints and new rules for school publications were the major topics of conversation Tuesday in a regular meeting of the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education. Though Clovis schools superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said only a couple of complaints had made their way to her desk regarding a new system […]

School board approves budget, superintendent’s contract

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Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm was given a two-year contract with an annual salary of $138,700 at a board meeting on Tuesday. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Following a lengthy executive session, the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education approved the 2008-09 budget and the contract of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm, Clovis’ superintendent since 2005, was […]

State gives school budget boost

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools operating budget will increase by about $2 million, according to Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm introduced the school district’s preliminary budget during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Seidenwurm said she expects the school district to operate on a $57 million budget during the 2008-09 school year. About 90 percent […]

Clovis hires administrator

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools hired Grady schools Superintendent Joel Shirley as deputy superintendent of operations, according to a press release from Clovis schools. The hire will take effect at the end of the school year. Shirley will be in charge of maintenance and operations, building and grounds, personnel and cafeterias, according to Clovis Schools […]

Clovis schools boss gets extension

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education added another year to school superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract. Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to extend her contract to June 30, 2010. Seidenwurm was hired on as the district’s superintendent in 2005. “I’m pleased that all five of my board members voted to extend […]

Drop in Clovis enrollment less than expected

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The anticipated attrition on Clovis’ school enrollment from the drawdown at Cannon Air Force Base has been less than expected, according to school officials. Enrollment was down about 150 students compared to a year ago on the 80th day of the school year, according to school officials. There were […]

Delaying vote on vocational issue wise choice

Like most area taxpayers, we’re not sure if Clovis needs a $12.5 million vocational institute for high school students. We do agree with Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm that voters need more information before they’re asked to make that decision. Seidenwurm has talked about needing a vocational school since her June 2005 arrival in […]

Clovis superintendent recommends not putting vocational bond on ballot

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm believes voters need more information before deciding whether to fund a vocational center for Clovis High School students. School officials were considering asking voters to approve a $12.5 million school bond tax to build a Career and Technical Institute. Seidenwurm said she made her […]

Board voting on bond ballot at next meeting

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education will decide in its Nov. 13 meeting whether to add a second question regarding a Career and Technical institute for Clovis High School in the January bond election ballot. The $12.5 million project would be funded by an increase in school bond taxes. The […]

Bond increase discussed for technology institute

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Board of Education discussed adding a second ballot question to the Clovis Municipal School’s bond election in January. The question would be added to the regular school bond election, which continues the general obligation bond at five mils, which taxes $132.15 a year on a $100,000 house. […]

School officials mixed on plan to nix ‘No Child’

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Presidential hopeful Gov. Bill Richardson revealed Thursday a $60 billion education plan to overhaul the national education system which nixes No Child Left Behind. Richardson said he would pay for the plan by cutting Cold War-era weapons systems and ending subsidies to private banks, and still have money left […]

School board holding work session

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board will hold a public work session Oct. 23 regarding building a career and technical institute, according to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. School officials invited community members to a meeting Wednesday to discuss the need for a vocational institute. “The purpose of the meeting was to talk to a large […]

Clovis High commencement date changed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Graduating Clovis High School athletes won’t have to decide between playing for a state championship or attending their commencement ceremony. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting that graduation is now scheduled for 2 p.m. May 18. Seidenwurm said the New Mexico Activities Association […]

Local Roundup: Student numbers exceed last year

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools enrollment is up slightly from last year, according to school officials. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said 7,884 students attended school Thursday, which is up 99 students compared to last year. First day enrollment was unavailable, Seidenwurm said. “We had several classes that didn’t get counted and things were kind […]