The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education listened intently Monday evening to Susanna Murphy, a Rio Rancho resident and regional director for AdvancED, as she described her company’s program to get all of the district’s schools accredited.
“All of our high schools are accredited,” noted Superintendent Sue Cleveland, but the four “are back up for accreditation in 2020.”
She recommended that the district’s elementary and middle schools also begin the process to receive accreditation.
Membership in the AdvancED Improvement Network, based in Alpharetta, Ga., empowers its members to personalize and customize their improvement journey, leverage a research-based framework of solutions and services at their own pace and customize the technical assistance needed to realize the vision for their institution.
Members receive access to its Continuous Improvement System, providing tools, resources, thought leadership and best practices to guide, document and benchmark an institution’s improvement journey.
“We believe it’s a good tool at looking at continual improvement,” Cleveland said, noting a favorable report from Los Alamos Public Schools after it joined AdvacED and recommending board approval.
The board then voted 4-0 to implement the system, at an estimated cost of $18,000 for the membership fee and plan for the 2018-19 school year and $24,000 for the 2019-20 school year.
Also at Monday’s 90-minute meeting, the board:
• Approved four sets of minutes from previous board, workshop and finance committee meetings;
• Approved revisions to Policy 208, eliminating the need to post notices of board meetings at City Hall;
• Approved revisions to Policy 1030, aligning the random drug and alcohol testing policy with the athletic code of conduct;
• Heard IT Director Paul Romero describe a refund from the state for a “broadband deficiencies correction”;
• OK’d three breaks in the 2019-20 school calendar: Nov. 27-29 for Thanksgiving; Dec. 23-Jan. 3 for Winter Break; and March 30-April 3 for Spring Break.
The rest of the 2019-20 calendar is expected to be approved once the legislative session has concluded, taking into account any new legislation pertaining to the school year;
• Heard from three parents, one speaking about a discrepancy in the enforcement of the dress code at Mountain View Middle School and two advising against arming school guards; and
• Reorganized itself: Catherine Cullen is the new president, Ramon Montaño is the vice president and Wynne Coleman, who will retain her position as an at-large member of the state school board association, is the new secretary.
The board will meet again Monday at 5:30 p.m., with a special board meeting slated for April 1, also at 5:30.
Additionally, Montaño is a new member of the New Mexico Activities Association’s board of directors. His new role with the NMAA was misstated in the March 10 edition of the Observer.