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RISD board to discuss superintendent search

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The Roswell Independent School District school board will discuss details of its search for a new superintendent when it meets Tuesday evening.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave.

Due to state health orders, only board members and a small number of staff will be in attendance at the meeting. The public is encouraged to view the livestream on YouTube.

The board will conduct a search for superintendent rather than hiring an outside firm or organization to do so. The board’s discussion will include the advertisement for the superintendent search; setting dates and deadlines for screening; reducing the pool to qualified applicants and interviews; the minimum requirements for the position; and benefits and salary.

The current superintendent, Mike Gottlieb, was appointed interim superintendent in January after the resignation of Dr. Ann McIlroy. In March, the board approved a one-year contract with him expiring in June. Gottlieb had previously been superintendent for eight years, retiring in 2012 after a 30-year career with RISD.

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Also on Thursday’s agenda:

• An executive session to discuss the status of negotiations between RISD and its collective bargaining units is scheduled early on the agenda. Later in the meeting, the board will consider approval of collective bargaining agreements with Roswell Education Association members, Communication Workers of America and RISD employees. 

• The board will consider approval of a federal grant through GEAR UP New Mexico, administered by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who prepared to enter postsecondary education.

• The board will also consider accepting a $47,599 Work-Based Learning Initiative Grant grant from the Public Education Department and a $10,085 Next Gen CTE grant for career and technical education.

• The board will consider approval of a donation of 24,000 bottles of water with an estimated value of $6,000 from the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District. The water is being distributed through the student meal program.

• The board will discuss and possibly vote on a resolution that would establish a ratio of nine students to one teacher for first through third grade.

• The board will consider approving an adjustment to the contract for student transportation. The Public Education Transportation Department has revised allocations based on the state budget revisions passed by the Legislature in special session this summer. The adjustment would reduce the contract with Hamil Transportation by almost $64,000 and with Pollard Bus Company by $56,000.

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

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.