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RISD board chooses GHS principal Luck for superintendent

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Brian Luck, principal of Goddard High School, speaks April 23 at a virtual community meeting with the school board and candidates for superintendent of the Roswell Independent School District. The board voted Tuesday to offer Luck a two-year contract. (Juno Ogle Photo)

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Board members of the Roswell Independent School District voted unanimously Tuesday night to offer a two-year contract as district superintendent to Brian Luck, principal of Goddard High School.

The vote came in a special meeting Tuesday that included a two-hour and forty-five-minute executive session to discuss the seven candidates who interviewed with the board April 24.

The contract would take effect June 14 and end June 30, 2023, at an annual salary of $150,000, Board President Hope Morales said in her motion.

Outgoing Superintendent Mike Gottlieb’s contract ends June 30.

“We look forward to working with Mr. Luck. He brings a unique perspective as a current school administrator, working directly with students, school staff and other principals. Mr. Luck will bring his experience, perspective and ideas to lead the RISD,” Morales said in a statement emailed to the Roswell Daily Record following the meeting.

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In a brief discussion of Morales’ motion, other board members said the decision was not easy.

“We had a lot of great candidates,” Milburn Dolan said. “I think a lot of us really struggled, fought, prayed hard that we have the best candidate. We had so many great ones, it was not an easy decision.”

“It was very tough,” Mona Kirk said. “I hope to goodness we can move forward, we can move together and we can start the healing process in getting this going on the right track.”

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 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University and taught science at all levels and coached basketball and softball.

He became an assistant principal in 2008 after receiving a master’s degree in education administration from Grand Canyon University, became an assistant principal at Berrendo Middle School in 2011 and returned to GHS as principal the following year.

In an email to the Daily Record for a prior article, Luck said his top three priorities if selected as RISD superintendent would be to navigate the return to school under current COVID guidelines, return students to performing at current grade level expectations and recruit and hire highly qualified teachers.

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