New superintendent to be announced


May 18, 2013

The Board of Education of Portales Schools is set to announce the district's new superintendent Monday at a special meeting.

The search for a new leader, which began after current Superintendent Randy Fowler announced his retirement in February, was recently narrowed down to four candidates.

Among those four, David Van Wettering and Henry Montano currently work for Portales schools. The other two candidates, Ted Trice and Jim Daugherty, are superintendents of Grady and Elida schools, respectively.

The candidates participated in a series of meet-and-greets with the public prior to the board making its decision in a way to involve public input in the selection process.

Van Wettering serves as Portales schools director of instruction and has been with the district for 21 years. During his career, he's worked around the district in many roles from teacher to assistant principal at the high school.

Montano is director of federal programs for Portales schools and has dedicated 17 years to education between the Clovis and Portales school districts.

Trice has more than 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach and an administrator and has been Grady's superintendent for five years.

Daugherty is nearing his 25th year in education. In addition to being Elida's superintendent, Daugherty has also worked among the school districts of Portales and Floyd.

  • What: Portales schools superintendent announcement
  • Where: 6 p.m., Monday
  • When: The Board Room of the L.C. Cozzens Administrative Offices
  • Contact: 356-7000.


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