SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Tuesday that Stan Rounds, the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, will serve in place of the Floyd school board while the board remains suspended.
State Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart last week suspended all five members of the Floyd Municipal Schools board of education after repeatedly bucking the agency’s COVID-19 public health orders.
Stewart reinstated Floyd schools Superintendent Damon Terry, who had been placed on administrative leave by the board in a battle over PED’s coronavirus guidance. Terry will now report to Rounds.
Rounds has spent 27 years in a superintendent’s role, including in Las Cruces, Des Moines, Alamogordo and Hobbs.
“I want to be sure I don’t usurp Damon’s role. I’m there to serve him. He’s my only employee,” Rounds said in a news release. “New Mexico communities are each uniquely wonderful. I see my task as one that assists the school children of Floyd, the teachers and staff who serve those children and to assure that we act in a responsibly fiduciary fashion to support the mission of the district.”
The PED said Stewart has the option of designating additional people to serve with Rounds as an interim governing council.
“As Secretary of Education, I or my successor will continue to reserve the ability to appoint additional designees to serve alongside you in this capacity,” Stewart wrote. His resignation as PED secretary is effective Aug. 20.
The Floyd school district, in Roosevelt County, has three schools serving 225 students and 44 teachers and staff members, including the superintendent.