Clovis seeking next AD

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ sports writer Clovis’ search for a new athletic director is in full swing and Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says it is going well. “We have about six to eight applications and we are expecting more before the deadline,” Seidenwurm said. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15. Current athletic director Dale Fullerton […]

School board approves maintenance plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members unanimously approved the implementation of a facilities master and maintenance plan at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Architectural Research Consultants, Inc. will begin assessing schools in the district in the next 2-3 weeks, school officials said. They will look at everything from doorframes to lightbulbs, officials said. […]

Parents oppose proposed school merger

Clovis resident Bruce Pollard spoke to parents, school officials and other community members Monday night at Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy reminds Nick Chavez of the comforts of home. “In my Hispanic family, we gather around the kitchen. It’s the warmest spot in the […]

Families protest proposed Ranchvale closure

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale student Devon Boddy stood in front of about 35 adults Thursday night. The microphone shook in his hands and his voice wavered as he asked the superintendent why she wanted to shut down his school. “This school is home to me,” said Devon, 10, in a neon-green T-shirt. […]

School merger talks center on jobs

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This is Rosa Soria’s second year as the cafeteria manager at Bella Vista Elementary School. Though she has worked within the school district for 13 years, she isn’t sure she will have the same job next year. “My concerns are for my job — that I will lose it,” […]

9/15 Educaton Digest

School officials seeking feedback Clovis Municipal Schools officials are seeking public feedback on a series of proposals suggested by superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The superintendent will lead community discussions at three locations beginning next week. School board members also may be in attendance. Seidenwurm unveiled several proposals for the district at a Tuesday school board meeting; […]

Superintendent proposes possible restructuring of district

Ranchvale Elementary Attendance Secretary Cheryl Forrest works in the office Tuesday afternoon. “This school is cool. I am going to miss it … I truly love this school,” said Forrest about its possible closure. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teachers and staff wore black to Tuesday’s school board […]

School board meeting

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board met Tuesday. The following is a report on the meeting: n Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm reported the preliminary attendance numbers are down approximately 200 students (2.5 percent) from last year. There are 8,114 students in the district. The following are preliminary enrollment numbers: Elementary Barry, […]

School board considers removal of trees

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The tall spruce trees that have stood for decades like sentinels near the doors of Marshall Junior High School will soon be cut down. According to Charles Guthal, owner of a local landscaping service, the evergreens are a hazard. “I don’t like to cut down trees in New Mexico,” […]

Schools, teaching methods under scrutiny

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita […]

Clovis schools superintendent makes changes in ranks

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Rhonda Seidenwurm has been Clovis schools superintendent since June 1, but already she has made changes in the ranks. The retirement of Lonnie Leslie, assistant superintendent of business and operation, spurred the creation of a new position she’s called deputy superintendent. Ladona Clayton, formerly the district’s assistant superintendent of […]

Interim school superintendent ready to re-retire

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When former Clovis schools superintendent Neil Nuttall accepted a position as president at North Central Missouri College last winter, retired assistant superintendent of instruction G.C. Ross was recruited to serve as interim superintendent. Ross, with more than three decades of experience under his belt, seemed a natural fit, according […]

School boss has ‘great’ plans

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer She plays bridge and loves William Faulkner’s prose. She shares a passion for education with a love of theater, classic literature and poetry — interests that were planted by an eighth-grade teacher. Meet Rhonda Seidenwurm, the woman poised to fill the position of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent on […]

School board picks outsider

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy, left, technology specialist with Clovis schools, was among dozens who crowded into Thursday’s school-board meeting in which Rhonda Seidenwurm was named superintendent. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Clovis school board members on Thursday offered the superintendent’s position to Rhonda Seidenwurm, deputy superintendent of instruction for Las […]