Melrose Schools principal promoted to superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Melrose Schools have promoted high school Principal Jamie Widner to replace retiring Superintendent Ron Windom. Widner said Windom submitted his formal retirement at the January meeting of the school board. On Feb. 21, the board held a special meeting to hire him as the next superintendent. “The board asked […]

Texico superintendent says he still has goals to accomplish

CNJ staff Texico Schools Superintendent R.L. Richards, who withdrew from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent, gave the CNJ a copy of his written statement Saturday as submitted to the Clovis school board. The statement: “In these uncertain times, there is always one constant, the Lord. After much prayer and thought, I need to stay at […]

Superintendent finalists talk motives, qualifications

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Superintendent candidates, from left, Patricia Miller, Earl Pettit and Joel Shirley By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Clovis schools narrowed the list of finalists for superintendent to four candidates. However, a spokesperson announced late Friday that Texico Superintendent R.L. Richards had withdrawn from consideration. The process of finding a new superintendent for Clovis […]

Texico superintendent opts out of Clovis schools search

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Texico Superintendent R.L. Richards withdrew his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. CNJ staff Texico school superintendent R.L. Richards has withdrawn his name from consideration as Clovis’ next superintendent. A news release from Clovis Municipal Schools said Richards withdrew on Friday in a letter to CMS board members. The […]

Education digest: School board to interview superintendent finalists

School board to interview superintendent finalists The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is holding six special meetings March 25 and 26 to interview finalists for the superintendent’s job. The meetings are 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 7 p.m. March 25; and 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. March 26 at the administration building […]

Superintendent candidates narrowed to four

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board has narrowed the field to four in its search to replace Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The board released its short list of the final four candidates Wednesday. They are: • Fort Sumner Schools Superintendent Patricia Miller • Douglas, Ariz., Unified School District Superintendent Earl Pettit • […]

Finalists picked for Clovis superintendent

The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education has announced four finalists for the position of superintendent. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced in January that she would resign June 30. The finalists are Patricia Miller, Earl Pettit, R.L. Richards and Joel Shirley. We will update with more details as they become available.

Clovis Schools superintendent opening draws 27 applicants

By Liliana Castillo:CNJ staff writer Twenty-seven people from as far away as Delaware have applied to be superintendent of Clovis schools. The job posting closed at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced Jan. 13 she would leave at the end of the school year. The list includes locals such as Deputy Superintendent of Operation […]

Board hires facilitator for superintendent search

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Ross By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School board makes one personnel decision; hiring the superintendent. For the first time in five years, the board has to make that decision and they’ve hired long-time Clovis educator G.C. Ross to help with the process. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced in mid January she will […]

Board approves timeline for finding new superintendent

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School Principal Wayne Marshall presented CHS English department head Renie Smith with a plaque in honor of her being named the teacher of the year for 2008-2009 during Tuesday’s board meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education Tuesday approved a timeline […]

Clovis superintendent will resign in June

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File photo Rhonda Seidenwurm is in her fifth year as superintendent of Clovis schools. Clovis Municipal Schools will be undergoing massive construction projects in the coming years and Rhonda Seidenwurm said she wasn’t looking forward to the focus. “We’re getting ready to start a really exciting phase for Clovis of redoing every building we have,” […]

CMS superintendent will resign in June

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm resigned Wednesday effective June 30. Board of Education President Lora Harlan said this traditionally is the time of year when the superintendent’s contract is up for renewal. Seidenwurm signed a two-year, $138,700-a-year contract in June 2008. Harlan said Seidenwurm had indicated to the board as early as last summer […]

School district: Court overstepped bounds on Isler restraining order

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis basketball coach J.D. Isler talks to his team during the semifinals of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic last week against El Paso Bowie. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says she has lost all trust and confidence in J.D. Isler’s ability to coach varsity basketball. Isler, […]

Year in review: Schools accommodate growth, deal with budget cuts

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File photo Clovis Community College President John Neibling spoke at the dedication ceremony opening Phase I of the Allied Health Center. For educational institutions in Clovis, 2009 was a year of change, expansion and more change. Student populations at Clovis Municipal Schools continue to see growth from expansion at Cannon Air Force Base. Cannon personnel […]

Clovis basketball coach suspended

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CNJ file photo J.D. Isler was in his ninth season coaching the Wildcats. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High School boys basketball coach J.D. Isler has been suspended for the remainder of the school year by the New Mexico Activities Association. Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said her office has received a letter […]

Education feature: Superintendent requires advanced placement classes

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File photo Clovis Christian School Superintendent Ladona Clayton requires all high school students to take advanced placement classes. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Christian School’s new superintendent spent her first 21/2-months on the job revamping. Among Ladona Clayton’s targets — college readiness programs, professional development for teachers, the evaluation process and even the […]

Special session on school board agenda

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Casita Elementary. The agenda includes Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s update to the board on community meetings and the upcoming special session of the New Mexico Legislature.

Superintendent: District taking steps to deal with funding cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm is in the midst of a week of meeting with community leaders to talk about a possible 10 percent cut in state money. “I am sharing with them how much education has already been cut. No one’s felt it yet because we have […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education and administrators held a work session at Eastern New Mexico University Friday. The day included reports from the superintendent’s cabinet and discussion. • Executive Director of Personnel Rhonda Roberts spoke on Title 9, a federal mandate that school districts distribute resources evenly between boys and […]

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 […]