RISD maintenance staff recognized by state Legislature

November 13, 2013 • Local News

The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education announced at its meeting Tuesday that the New Mexico Legislature had recognized district maintenance staff with an achievement award.

The board also approved new social studies textbooks for middle schools.

The maintenance department received a silver Ben Lujan Maintenance Achievement Award. The Lujan awards recognize school districts that demonstrate effective maintenance management practices.

Maintenance personnel Sean Benedict, Jimmy Clements and John Dean received individual Lujan awards for maintenance achievement.

Benedict said of his colleagues, “They’re always going 110 percent behind the scenes doing whatever they can for the district.”

The textbook [auth] purchase is the first of middle school social studies textbooks for the district in about 10 years, according to Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Susan Sanchez.

She said state funding allocations for textbooks restrict new book purchases to select grade levels and subjects each year.

“It’s just relevant and up to date information,” Sanchez said of the material in the four books. “The beauty of this is that lesson plans and multimedia support is just phenomenal for our students learning in this multimedia environment.”

The district purchased world history, world geography and U.S. history books from textbook company Pearson Prentice Hall and a New Mexico history book from Gibbs Smith Education. The purchase totals $230,632 and is covered with state funding, according to Sanchez. Teachers will be required to use the books next fall.

The purchase was originally slated for vote at last month’s board meeting. Sanchez said she delayed the vote in order to wait for further information from the textbook companies.

The board approved an exclusive beverage agreement with Coca-Co. The vote was originally slated for the last school board meeting, but was tabled to allow the district to go to bid for beverage agreements.

District Support and Transportation Coordinator Ryc Velazquez said the bidding processes resulted in Coca-Co. increasing its bid for sponsorship by 46 percent from the bid presented at the board’s last meeting.

The soft drink company originally offered the district $6,000 in annual sponsorship payments, with estimated annual commissions for the district placed at $8,806.

Revenue from the agreement will go toward school activity accounts, which cover special costs such as food provided at special activities and decorations for events.

In other business, the board approved expenditures for building, maintenance and school activities.

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