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Campos explains his work situation

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By David Giuliani

Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos took an extra step last week to clear up what he considers confusion over his use of annual and sick leave.

He also emphasized that his commitment to the City Schools won’t waiver in his final months on the job.

Campos, who is becoming the president of Luna Community College in July, stated in a memo to other district officials that he has 128 sick days and 22 vacation days remaining.

He said he uses his earned vacation days to attend community and legislative meetings and not for family vacations. He said he uses sick days primarily to care for his wife and father-in-law.

Campos, a state senator, spends a month during even-numbered years and two months during odd-numbered years in Santa Fe for legislative sessions.

“Unless something drastically or unexpectedly changes, I anticipate leaving at least 120 earned sick days and 10 earned vacation days with the district,” Campos states in the memo. “Most superintendents who leave or retire from a district use all their earned time or are compensated for earned they have remaining. I will not exhaust or ask for payment of my remaining earned time.”

Campos noted that he is not only the superintendent but also the associate superintendent for support services — “two positions for the compensation of one.”

In April, he took a number of vacation days to talk with students in several northern New Mexico towns.

“I did not just promote Luna Community College... Rather, I shared a candid message with students offering my assistance so that their future hopes, dreams and capabilities can be achieved,” Campos states in the memo.

As he did in his bid for Luna president, Campos said he’s not the kind of administrator to stay in the office all day.

“I believe our district cannot move forward if I just stay in my office. I will go to the people to meet with parents, students, administrators, staff and persons interested in the district to address academic, athletic and extra-curricular matters,” he states. “People will not have to come to me.”

In an interview, Campos said he starts every day at the district’s maintenance building next to Robertson High School as part of his role as associate superintendent of support services.

He said that from there, he goes to places through the district to deal with issues. But he said he is in constant contact with Theresa Vigil, his administrative aide.

Campos said he has a physical presence at the central office once a day.

“I deal with a gamut of issues all day long,” he said.

Campos said that when he’s Luna’s president, he will be working throughout northeastern New Mexico, which is the college’s service area.

Patrick Romero, the school board’s chairman, said Campos spends much time going to the schools and looking at projects. He said it’s not common to find Campos at the central office.

“If you want to see him at the office, you better set up an appointment. Otherwise, he’ll be at the school sites,” he said.

Board member Elaine Luna praised the superintendent.

“He’s doing a great job. He’s very diligent about his work,” she said.