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RISD board selects 7 superintendent candidates

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The next superintendent of Roswell Independent School District could be announced by the end of April.

The RISD school board voted unanimously to approve interviewing seven candidates next month, with the goal of having their choice announced April 26. The new superintendent would work alongside Superintendent Mike Gottlieb through the end of his contract on June 30.

The seven candidates selected after an hour-long executive session at the end of Tuesday night’s board meeting are:

• Curtis Clough, an associate superintendent in Silver Consolidated School District, Silver City.

• Randall Earwood, a middle school science teacher in China Springs, Texas, and a former superintendent of Socorro Consolidated Schools.

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• Mireya Trujillo, RISD assistant superintendent of Human Resources.

• Porter Cutrell, career technical education director at Adams County School District 14, Commerce City, Colo., and a former superintendent at Cloudcroft Municipal Schools. He was also an assistant principal for RISD and director of Early College High School.

• Jennifer Cole, RISD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

• Ruben Bolaños, RISD director of STEM and technical education.

• Brian Luck, Goddard High School principal.

At 3 p.m. April 23, the board will have a “meet and greet” session with the candidates at the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky. It will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Each candidate will have up to 10 minutes to introduce themselves to the board and the public. Board members said they would prefer the introductions be made in person but will allow for a virtual meeting with a candidate if necessary.

In-person interviews will be conducted at the administrative building the next day. The board will have a special session at 5 p.m. April 26 for an executive session to discuss their selection. An announcement could be made that evening.

Also from Tuesday’s meeting:

• Chad Cole, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, said the Feb. 17 bond sale was one like he’d never seen before. There was strong competition for the sale of the remaining $7 million of the $14 million approved by voters in 2019. The competition drove down the interest rate on the district’s repayment of the bonds. Investment firm Morgan Stanley purchased the bonds with a true interest cost of .92%.

“That’s almost free money,” Cole said.

The bonds were sold at an additional premium of $1.26 million above the $7 million, Cole said, and those funds will immediately go towards the debt service on the bonds.

• The board tabled its reorganization, or when members select new officers, by a vote of 4-1. Board member Mona Kirk voted against tabling the action, saying it was established board policy to reorganize in March. However, she agreed with Board President Hope Morales that the policy stems from when board elections were conducted in February and needs to be updated now that elections have moved to November.

• The board unanimously approved accepting several donations from the community including face masks from Roswell Ford, school supplies from Walmart, and bottled water from Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, the Firefighter’s Union, Sam’s Club, NAAPA and Church on the Move.

• The board unanimously approved the Open Meetings Act resolution, bids for plumbing service from J&S Mechanical and Rhoads Co., and a request for proposal for a five-year facilities master plan from Cooperative Strategies.

• A proposed resolution in support of band and chorus was removed from the agenda because the Public Education Department announced Monday singing and playing instruments are now allowed.

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

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