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RISD board to meet Thursday

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The Roswell Independent School District school board will meet Thursday after having to reschedule its regular meeting due to a technical problem last week.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky. Only board members and a small number of support staff will be in attendance due to the state’s health order. Board members have the option of attending by telephone. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

A malfunctioning audio cable prevented the livestream from broadcasting properly on the RISD YouTube channel as the Oct. 13 meeting got underway. Due to the state health orders restricting the size of gatherings, the public is not allowed in the board room during meetings. When it became apparent the problem could not be fixed that night and the public could not view the meeting, Superintendent Mike Gottlieb told the board they would have to cancel the meeting and reschedule.

The board had conducted an executive session to discuss the status of negotiations between RISD and its collective bargaining units and recognitions of several individuals, but took no action before the meeting ended.

Thursday’s meeting will have the same agenda, which includes a discussion of details on the search for a new superintendent. The discussion will include setting dates and deadlines for applications and screening applications, the minimum requirements for the position, and benefits and salary.

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The board is conducting the search on its own rather than hiring an outside firm to do so.

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.

Also on Thursday’s agenda:

• The board will consider approval of amendments and revisions to the 2020-21 collective bargaining agreement with Roswell Education Association and revised salary schedules with REA and Communications Workers of America, which represents the district’s maintenance workers, custodians and security personnel.

• The board will consider approval of a federal grant from the New Mexico Higher Education Department and GEAR UP New Mexico to help prepare low-income students to enter postsecondary education.

• The board will consider accepting a $47,599 Work-Based Learning Initiative Grant from the New Mexico 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 from the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District for 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 classes.

• The board will consider approving an adjustment to the contract for student transportation. The PED revised allocations based on state budget revisions passed by the Legislature in a special session in June. The adjustment would reduce the contract with Hamill 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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