Interim school board member sworn in

Chelle Delaney

Lane Bradley of Tucumcari was sworn in to represent District 5 on the Tucumcari School Board at Monday night’s board meeting.

The swearing in ceremony was conducted by District Court Judge Albert J. Mitchell Jr., who resigned from the District 5 position following his election to the bench.

Bradley was appointed to serve by Veronica Garcia, New Mexico Secretary of Education, until a candidate is elected in the Feb. 3 school board elections and installed on the board.

Candidates who have filed to run in the school board election are:

l Marion R. Payton and Michael W. Rivera Jr. for the District 5 seat.
l Chris M. Birch and incumbent John M. Garcia in District 2
l Christine Dougherty and incumbent Douglas N. Powers in District 3

In other business, the board:
l Approved the sale of $900,000 in general obligation school building bonds that will be used for the construction of the new Tucumcari High School. In all the school is expected to cost $23 million, said Superintendent Aaron McKinney.

l Crafted and approved a letter to New Mexico’s congressional delegation asking their help to have the construction and improvement of the Tucumcari High School and gym included in president elect Barack Obama’s expected stimulus package.