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February 14, 2018

On this date ...

1973: A group of parents, mostly mothers, had been in attendance at a Clovis school board meeting, wanting to know when their daughters would have access to athletics in the Clovis school system.

A recent ruling from the New Mexico Attorney General stated that females could no longer be prohibited from playing organized sports in state schools.

"Girls have gotten the short end of the stick as far as athletics is concerned," said Mrs. G.H. Trimble, spokesperson for the parents' group. "Running laps and doing toe bends isn't adequate for our girls."

Discussion on the matter ended with parents suggesting that the schools conduct a survey of students to see how many girls would be interested in participating in organized sports for the 1973-74 school year.

Clovis Superintendent L.W. Byous said schools in the district were also conferring with each other to "come up with some sort of uniform girls' athletic programs."

1968: Firman Haynie, superintendent of the Portales schools, gave notice of his resignation to the Portales school board, after accepting a position with the University of Texas at Austin.

He and his wife, Margaret — a Portales school teacher — planned to stay through the end of the current school year.

Haynie was educated in the Portales schools and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1942. He received his master's degree from Texas Tech and completed his doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Denver.

A 25-year veteran of public education, Haynie was also serving as the commander of the Carl McDermott American Legion post in Portales.

School board President Gordon Hatch said a search to find the next Portales superintendent would begin immediately.

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