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RISD board to consider changes to school calendar

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The Roswell Independent School District board of education will consider an emergency revision of the 2020-21 school district calendar at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky.

Changing the protocol from recent months, all board members and a small number of support staff will be in attendance. Due to the current state health order regarding public gatherings, members of the public are not to attend in person. The meeting will be live streamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

Among the action items the board will consider is the addition of 10 days to the upcoming academic year’s calendar to comply with a requirement from the state.

The revised state budget passed by the New Mexico Legislature in special session in June stipulated public school districts are to add the additional time to their calendars to recover instructional time lost in the 2019-20 year due to the public health emergency.

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Also on the agenda, Board Member Hope Morales will speak about engaging with local businesses.

Morales said in a Facebook message to the Roswell Daily Record that various local businesses have contacted her about being an active partner with RISD.

“I want to acknowledge their interest and ask that we ensure our business community is part of our local partnership,” she said.

The board will also consider a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant for Berrendo Middle School and several federal grants related to programs for instruction.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.