Published: 5:33 pm, Fri. Apr. 14th, 2017Updated: 5:32 pm
Items on the agenda include consideration and approval of:
• the proposed 2017-18 Artesia High School graduation requirements.
• the replacement of camera systems at Yucca and Roselawn Elementary Schools.
• the repair of the foundation in the middle hallway at Zia Intermediate School.
• the renovation of cafeteria serving lines at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, Penasco School, and all elementary schools.
• the purchase of three copy machines for the new administration building and training center.
• the replacement of the frame and door on the west end of the science wing at Artesia High School.
• a request from the superintendent for the board to waive the nepotism rule.
• the superintendent’s contract salary recommendation.
• the Artesia Public Schools’ 2017-18 salary schedules.
During the March 13 meeting, the board approved the school board election results, and Judge Daniel Reyes Jr. administered the oath of office to David Conklin, elected as board member to represent District 1; Lowell Irby, reelected as board member to represent District 4; and Luis Florez, elected as board member to represent District 2.
Irby was nominated for board president, Jeff Bowman for vice president, and Carolyn Shearman for secretary. All nominations passed unanimously.
Superintendent Dr. Crit Caton and the board recognized and congratulated the Artesia High School bowling team for their recent Class 5A state championship. Members and coaches were presented with a certificate of recognition by the board.
Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Student Services John Ross Null presented a report to the board on the four-year cohort graduation rate for the Class of 2016. Null reported that out of all Class 5A schools in New Mexico, the district ranked sixth with an 82-percent graduation rate. He stated there had been a significant increase of 7 percent from last year.
Assistant Superintendent of Operations Thad Phipps sought the board’s approval to repair/replace the roof at Penasco School through a CES contract in the amount of $35,219.11, as well as roofs on seven teacherage properties in the amount of $110,453.79.
Phipps reported funding for both project would come from the HB33 account and would not affect operational dollars. Both projects were approved.
Caton announced the retirements of Heidi Barley, special education assistant at Zia, Steven Barley, auto mechanics teacher at AHS, and Jacque Waters, enrichment facilitator for Yucca and Roselawn elementaries, along with the resignation of Adrian Olivas, special education teacher and coach at AHS.
Caton presented a report to the board on the 80th- through 120th-day student enrollment average. He reported the district’s enrollment has decreased by 63.75 students this year. He added that although there is a significant decrease in enrollment, the district will be receiving approximately $241,000 for the increase in training and experience.