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Artesia Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Thad Phipps received the APS Board of Education’s approval Monday for APS school nurses to obtain, store and administer Naloxone (Narcan) in the district’s schools.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) issued a standing order for the 2022-23 school year. NMSA 1978, 24-23-1 B and NMSA 1978, 24-23-1.E govern the use/administration of Naloxone.

“I have requested that our attorneys draft a school board policy regarding Narcan that I will bring for the board’s consideration in our September meeting,” Phipps said.

In his staff and operations announcements, Phipps reported the resignation of Stephanie Lopez, educational assistant, Grand Heights Early Childhood Center; and the employment of Marissa Lopez, teacher, Yeso Elementary School; Sahara Howard, art teacher, Park Junior High School; Susan Rhodes, special education teacher, Zia Intermediate School; Brandi Crawford, teacher, Hermosa Elementary School; Monica Rodriguez, teacher, Yeso Elementary; Valeria Bishop Losoya, DD preschool educational assistant, Grand Heights; Sarah Tauai, cook’s helper, Zia Intermediate; Alix Avila Ortega, cook’s helper, Park Junior High; Beatriz Godoy, cook’s helper, Yucca Elementary School; Katrina Cox, cook’s helper, Yeso Elementary; Lindsay Blakey, special education teacher, Access Program; Leslie McKillip, Vision teacher; and Christina Kondret, teacher, Yeso Elementary.

In other business, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Cody Skinner received the board’s approval for:

• a CES proposal from Central Restaurant Products for a new walk-in freezer for the Park Junior High School kitchen in the amount of $33,562.

• a quote from Gunderson Heating & Cooling for the installation of a condenser and fan coil for the new freezer in the amount of $15,050.19.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the school board will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the APS Administration Building.