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RISD board to meet with superintendent candidates

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The Roswell Independent School District school board will gather for a special meeting Friday afternoon to give the seven candidates for superintendent the opportunity to introduce themselves to the public.

All of the candidates will appear in person at the special meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. today in the board room of the Administrative and Educational Services Complex, 300 N. Kentucky Ave. Each will have about 10 minutes to introduce themselves at the meeting.

Only board members and a small number of support staff and media will be in attendance due to the state’s health order. The public can watch the meeting live on the RISD YouTube channel, and it will be available for viewing later.

Saturday, the board will conduct a special meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. to interview the candidates in executive session. No action is planned following the interviews.

The board will meet in a third special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in which they will discuss the candidates in an executive session. Following that, the board will meet in open session for a possible discussion and vote on dates to meet and make their selection, according to the agenda.

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The candidates for superintendent include three current RISD administrators and one principal. The remaining candidates have worked in administrative positions in New Mexico schools, and all but one have previously worked in RISD schools.

Brian Luck has been associated with Goddard High School in a variety of roles, first as a student, graduating in 1990. He returned seven years later and taught science. He has worked as assistant principal at GHS and Berrendo Middle School and returned to GHS as principal in 2012.

“I recognize that Roswell has a unique set of needs and feel that someone local will have a better understanding of those needs. As I am already familiar with the community, time will not be lost having to evaluate the current state of our district,” he said.

Curtis Clough is an associate superintendent of schools with Silver Consolidated Schools in Silver City. He has taught at the middle school, high school and community college levels and worked in administrative positions in schools in Ohio, Arizona, Alaska and New Mexico over 31 years.

“My curriculum and program development background as well as my experience in career and technical education would be an outstanding asset that I possess that can develop career pathways and transitions so students are prepared for career or college upon graduation,” he said.

Randall Earwood began his career as a sixth-grade teacher at Monterrey Elementary School. In his 31-year career, he has been an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent and was superintendent for Socorro Consolidated Schools. He is currently a middle school science teacher in China Springs, Texas.

“I have always promoted a positive, supportive culture that builds strong relationships between all stakeholders. It takes all of us, parents, administrators, faculty, staff, community members, political leaders and business leaders to surround our students with love and compassion,” he said.

Mireya Trujillo is assistant superintendent of human resources for RISD, a position she took in February last year. She has also been RISD’s Title IX coordinator and hearing officer, and director of professional development. She was principal at Sunset Elementary School, dean of students at Mesa Middle School and taught at East Grand Plains Elementary.

“Armed with my extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in this district, I have the professional expertise required to lead our school community from the pandemic-related challenges into carefully cultivated growth,” Trujillo said.

Jennifer Cole became assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for RISD in March 2020 after being the district’s federal programs director for about three years. Prior to that position, she was assistant principal and then principal at Mesa Middle School and dean of students at Mountain View Middle School.

“We have exceptional educators throughout our district, and when we work collectively to achieve a common goal, we will be unstoppable. I am a results-driven leader and I know how to strategically use data, shared leadership and stakeholder engagement to improve outcomes for our community’s children,” she said.

Ruben Bolaños has been director of STEM and Career Technical Education at RISD since 2019 and was previously principal at Roswell High School. He’s a graduate of RISD schools and Eastern New Mexico University.

“I have a clear vision for the district,” Bolaños said. “I will work with the Board of Education to set the vision, goals and objectives for the district, and then see to it that the goals are achieved. I am also an effective communicator. I know that the most important job of the school district is to make sure students are learning and achieving at high levels. I am knowledgeable of the best practices for maximizing student achievement and very supportive of teachers in our district.”

Porter Cutrell’s career has its roots in Roswell. The 1980 graduate of GHS was director of Alternative Education for RISD. He started Early College High School and was principal at University High School. He left the district in 2018 to take the superintendent’s position in Cloudcroft. He is currently director of career and technical education for the Commerce City, Colorado school district.

“My life has been made up of choices and pathways — something that continues to fuel my passion for education. I believe RISD is filled with caring and talented teachers who can show great success with the right system. I would like to work with the teachers and administrators to put in place a system that will showcase their talents and provide personalized education to help all students realize their dreams,” he said.

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