Board approves school rezoning

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

The Barry Elementary School attendance zone has been expanded to encompass a section of the zone previously assigned to the Arts Academy at Bella Vista.

The Clovis school board approved the rezoning at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Barry school zone is extended from 21st Street south to be in line with 14th Street between Wheaton Street on the west and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the east.

According to Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, a public meeting held on the rezoning showed there was “no concern at all.”

She said it was not an issue “when you are smart enough to move” when there are no students who live there at the time.

“I have not heard any objection to this,” board member Mark Lansford said.

Seidenwurm said previously that the rezoning will enable Barry to accommodate future enrollment growth.

In other business, the board:

Awarded a contract for $124,372 to K. Barnett and Sons for improving the parking area at Bella Vista. The state will pay about $41,000 for the project and bond money will be used for the balance.

Approved an agreement with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for a $70,000 project to improve the parking lot at Zia Elementary School that will add 24 parking spaces. The state’s share is 75 percent, with CMS paying about $17,270.

Was introduced to Lt. Col. Mark Brown, deputy commander of the 27th Mission Support Group at Cannon Air Force Base, new liaison from the base. He succeeds Lt. Col. Gary Jones.

Accepted unit prices for food supplies, athletic equipment, telephony systems and textbooks.