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RISD board to hear update on hybrid model Tuesday

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The Roswell Independent School District school board will review candidates for superintendent and hear an update on moving to hybrid learning during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

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

Only board members and a small number of support staff will be in attendance due to the state’s health order. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel.

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should contact the superintendent’s office by 4 p.m. Monday at 575-627-2511. Those wishing to speak will receive a phone call during the meeting and will be allowed three minutes to speak.

An executive session is scheduled early on the agenda for the purpose of reviewing candidates for superintendent. No action regarding the review is scheduled following the closed session.

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In its October meeting, the board set its criteria and deadlines for the superintendent search. Interviews are to be conducted the first week of March with March 3 tentatively set as a hire date.

The board discussed in October conducting community and staff meet-and-greet sessions with the candidates but did not schedule them at that time due to uncertainty about public health orders.

The new superintendent would work alongside Superintendent Mike Gottlieb through the end of Gottlieb’s contract in June.

In his report to the board, Gottlieb will give an update on moving to the hybrid learning model, which the board approved in a special meeting Tuesday.

RISD has targeted Feb. 16 as the first day for hybrid learning, starting with elementary grades. Secondary students would start in-person learning the following week. That schedule is dependent on school buildings being inspected and receiving certificates of readiness from the Public Education Department.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting:

• Recognition of Greg Maxie with the National Education Association and Denise Dawson, president of the Roswell Education Association, for their partnership with the district.

• A request to approve a donation of $750 from Loved Communities to Nancy Lopez Elementary. The money will be used to purchase storage containers and student supplies to help prevent cross-contamination of the coronavirus during hybrid learning.

• Approving the increment pay schedule that includes pay for additional lunch and playground duty during hybrid learning.

• Approval of an adjustment to transportation contracts.

• Information about nominations for New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence in Student Achievement Awards.

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