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Charlie’s Angels get school district OK to take off

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At Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting of the Roswell Independent School District board, the Roswell High School Charlie’s Angels petitioned the school board for permission to travel to Orlando, Florida, for the National Dance Alliance High School Nationals Dance Competition, scheduled March 1-5.

The 22-member dance team coach, Kim Castro, said they are under a deadline to get the school district’s permission to travel to the competition in time for the event.

According to Castro, all expenses related to the Florida trip will be 100 percent provided by fundraising efforts and no RISD resources will be utilized.

The RHS Charlie’s Angels Dance Team has earned 11 state championship titles since the program began around two decades ago.

After a lively discussion about the criteria — when Castro claimed she was told she needed school board approval first and school board member Ruben Sanchez said paperwork needed to be provided prior to school board approval — the school board decided to approve the request, pending the proper paperwork.

In the past, approval for the Charlie’s Angels to attend the Florida competition has been a controversial issue due to a debate about Title IX federal funding equities.

Other action items that passed Tuesday night included a University High School robotics and community garden grant, and a donation to Berrendo Middle School in the amount of $1,000 from Walmart for the purchase of graphing calculators for Algebra 1 classes at the school.

Other donations included just over $4,000 donated to the Roswell High School wrestling team from several local businesses and the Blaze Nunez memorial fund.

A recommendation was passed on first reading by the board to update policy 3195, the Tobacco-Free Schools Policy, per the initiative of the 24/7 Campaign project, which is supported by the New Mexico Department of Health for a comprehensive tobacco-free policy. This recommendation would put Roswell on track to have the first tobacco-free district policy in the state as recognized by the Department of Health. The final reading for this proposed policy will be read on Dec. 12.

When the board discussed approval of October bills, school board member Dr. Kathleen Pittman called for a closer look at approval of the October bills, noting a single athletic item purchased was billed in a different category. The school board voted to take a closer look at the appropriateness of billed items to determine proper categories.

The district report card was discussed and reviewed, with a brief review of assessment and testing data by RISD. The board was told that the district received an overall “C” rating.

The recommendation was passed by the board to create a new policy for evaluating the superintendent. Regarding policy 2110, the school district superintendent’s recommendation to delete the evaluation section from the policy was passed on second reading.

Also discussed and passed were the approval of a Superintendent’s Advisory Search Committee. It was explained by school board president Mona Kirk that each school board member would recommend community members and school personnel to serve on the Superintendent’s Advisory Search Committee.

The committee will serve as an advisory committee in the search for a new RISD superintendent. Sanchez, who was on the phone from Santa Fe, said he had not picked community members for that committee yet and asked several questions regarding the advisory committee’s role in picking the next superintendent of RISD.

At the close of the meeting, school board member James Edwards mentioned that he felt the training he had received as a school board member was the poorest he had seen and did not prepare him for the job at hand serving on the school board.

Edwards said he enjoyed touring various schools and mentioned that while there are a lot of issues in the school district, there are a lot of teachers and administrators “getting it right” that are putting the kids first in their schools and educating students.

Barbara Beck is publisher of the Roswell Daily Record. She may be contacted at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at bbeck@rdrnews.com.