Clovis High commencement date changed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Graduating Clovis High School athletes won’t have to decide between playing for a state championship or attending their commencement ceremony.

Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm announced during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting that graduation is now scheduled for 2 p.m. May 18.

Seidenwurm said the New Mexico Activities Association has spring sports championships scheduled for May 17, the original date for CHS commencement.

In other business:

First-grade Parkwood Elementary teacher Pat Cheville was recognized as Clovis Municipal Schools Teacher of the Year. Cheville has been teaching for 21 years, Seidenwurm said.

Cheville qualifies for the state’s teacher of the year award and if she wins she stands for the national award.

“Wherever (her students) are (academically), she takes every single one of them where they need to be,” said Parkwood Principal Jennifer Whitehead.

Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton gave out enrollment numbers for the school district. Enrollment on the 15th day of school was at 8,044 students, 70 students less than last year.

The education board approved a travel request to Orlando, Fla. in March for 16 Clovis High School Wildcadette dance team members. The team will compete in the Champion Dance Nationals.