NEA-TorC Welcomes New Superintendent Board of Education Authorizes Sale of Bonds
By Tony A. Archuleta
Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools District starts out the 2012-’13 school year with 38 more students than last year’s final spring count.
“That’s a good, positive thing,” Interim Superintendent Craig Cummins said in his report during Thursday’s, Aug. 16, School Board special meeting.
A student count breakdown by schools as of Thursday: Hot Springs High School, 375 (compared to 359 last May), Truth or Consequences Middle School, 312 (288); Sierra Elementary Complex, 148 (149); Truth or Consequences Elementary, 341; and Arrey Elementary (year-round school in its fifth week), 128.
Cummins also reported that the district starts out the year with 17 new employees, which represents a seven percent turnover rate.
Cummins said a 10 percent turnover rate is the acceptable average in most states.
“I appreciate the administrators and teachers that have done an excellent job in scheduling, training and getting their students to the right classes most of the time,” said Cummins, who was named interim superintendent about a month ago following the resignation of five-year superintendent Tom Burris.
The start of school also means the beginning of the football and volleyball seasons at both HSHS and TCMS.
Cummins said HSHS varsity football head coach Daniel Terrazas reports 29 student-athletes are on the 2012 team roster, but that number could increase with completion of physicals. Meantime, HSHS varsity volleyball head coach Robert Haro reports a player turnout of 19.
Cummins also announced that Brad Bailey has been hired as the new HSHS varsity boys basketball head coach. Bailey has also been hired as social studies teacher at TCMS.
The conflict between NEA-TorC and the administration’s collective bargaining negotiating team led by Burris has been well-documented, but on Thursday, NEA-TorC Co-Presidents Barbara Pearlman and Christine Williams expressed hope for a fresh start.