School Board considers raises for advisory staff

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

A salary increase for advisors and others who supervise or provide extracurricular services with students was weighed Monday night by the Tucumcari School Board.

Overall, the increase will total $4,500, assistant school superintendent Dennis Roch said.

The increases affect salaries for duties such as the student council and yearbook sponsors and others.

Increases to athletic and coaching staff salaries were included in the 2007-2008 school year’s budget.

School board chairman Albert Mitchell said the school’s budget was expected to be tight next school year.

The board decided that before the compensation could be approved, school officials needed to provide a detailed accounting of a source for the funds. So the measure was tabled.

In other matters before the board:

l Concern was raised by school board member Doug Powers about activities at a recent basketball game in Raton, where there was “paint-balling” incident.

“I’ve never been at a game where there seemed to be no control whatsoever,” Powers said.

Powers said, perhaps, a letter should be sent or contact should be made with the athletic association or with Raton’s school board.
The Lady Rattlers played their season opener in Raton against the Tigers. Basketball coach Gary Hittson said the team’s bus was paint-balled when it entered town.

The board took no action.

l Board member Marty Garcia was recognized for completing 24 hours of training for school board members.

l Hot water heaters have been installed at the school gym and are now working, said school superintendent Aaron McKinney.

l Board member Garcia asked the board about how administrative discretion has been used regarding student discipline.

Depending upon a student’s infraction, and its severity the proscribed discipline can vary.

Garcia said he was aware of “one incident where the student decided whether or not discipline should be decided.”

Garcia said the issue should be reviewed in the administration’s policy.

l Roch told the board he is running for state Rep. Brian Moore’s seat.

If elected, Roch said he would not be leaving his job with the Tucumcari Schools.

Roch who currently serves as the chair of the Public Education Commission also said he would be not seeking reelection to the commission in 2008.

l Up for review and discussion were several policy service advisories ranging from admission of homeless students to interscholastic sports. However, the commission ran short of time and approved only three.