Education Digest: Clovis High earns accreditation

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Clovis High School earned accreditation for the 2006-2007 school year from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, according to a Clovis Schools news release.
To earn accreditation, schools must meet NCA CASI’s standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous school improvement plan focused on increasing student performance.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” said Clovis High School Principal Jody Balch.
Balch said in the release that accreditation eases student transfers and “assures parents that the school is meeting regionally and nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.”
Information about NCA CASI accreditation is posted at

ENMU hires vp of student affairs
Eastern New Mexico University has hired Judith Haislett as vice president for student affairs. She succeeds Gary Musgrave, who retires Sept. 30.
Haislett, who has been the vice president for student affairs at Black Hills State University in South Dakota since 1994, is expected to start at ENMU in mid-August.
She received a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Virginia, and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware.
She has also worked at Clemson University in South Carolina, Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Rider University in New Jersey.

Central Baptist plans appreciation lunch
Central Baptist Church will honor educators Aug. 16 with an appreciation lunch for anybody employed by Clovis Schools.
The lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on 2501 N. Norris St.
For information, contact the church at 762-4727.

Student seeks film participants
Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Kevin Gardels is working on a documentary film about his personal experience with bone marrow cancer and stem cell transplant. For his film, he wishes to speak with people affected by cancer of their own or a relative or loved one.
Contact Gardels by e-mail at

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ news editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: