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Portales school board clears routine business


June 12, 2018

PORTALES — Classes are out for summer, but the board of education still meets. In the case of Portales Municipal Schools, that mostly involves housekeeping in advance of the next school year.

“It went pretty fast, all pretty routine things,” PMs Superintendent Johnnie Cain said of the meeting. “It’s been one of those years. Usually these things are done in April or May, but the Fed’s been a little slow getting these out.”

Many of the agenda items at Monday’s board meeting involved approval for annual grant and program applications attendant to the next school year, including the National School Lunch Program, school photography services and migratory children education.

The board also recognized Julie Miller and Caron Powers with the “Student Achievement Award,” at the start of its meeting; Miller retired this year after almost 30 years with PMS, Cain said, and Powers has worked extensively with student health, organizing the community garden.

The board also approved receipt of bicycle donations for perfect attendance at PMS schools, with almost 40 bikes donated from among 15 local entities.

Cain said the board also heard a first reading of various state-mandated revisions to the policy and procedure handbook, most of them concerning transportation.

“With transportation, they’re new rules but must of us have already been following them,” Cain said, referring to requirements for bus driver training and responsibilities.

The only significant policy handbook change not related to transportation was an item on extracurricular activity eligibility, specifying a student can no longer have even one “F” grade and remain eligible.

Board members Randy Rankin and Antonio Sanchez were absent.

The board meets again July 9 at noon.


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