Mora County Notebook - Sullivan chosen as interim superintendent

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By Ruth Fort

The Mora Independent School Board has hired Tom Sullivan as part-time interim superintendent.

This is Sullivan’s third stint as interim superintendent for New Mexico schools. Since his retirement he has served in different capacities. In November 2011 he was hired as interim superintendent for the Roy School System. He served in the Santa Fe Schools until June, and now he is serving in the Mora Independent Schools.  

Sullivan has had a long and illustrious career in education. He grew up in New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Education at Fordham University in New York. He taught high school in Harlem, New York.

After coming to New Mexico in 1972, he attended the University of New Mexico and received his master’s degree in education with a certificate in administration.

He taught and was principal in the Moriarity Schools for 20 years. He was assistant superintendent at the Farmington Schools for two years and superintendent for eight years.

He was then semi retired. After his retirement from the school systems he was appointed as head of the State Coalition of School Administrators and served in that capacity for more than seven years.

Sullivan is married and has two sons. His wife is a retired medical lab technician at University of New Mexico Hospital. One of his sons lives in Washington, D.C. where he works for the FBI. The other son is married and living in Albuquerque. He is a Marine Sergeant in the reserves.

Sullivan said he wants to leave the Mora school district in better shape than he found it. He hopes to get to know people in the community. He

”I am pleased to be here. I hope to make a positive contribution to the school and community,” he said.

New flag donated to senior center
Last week the Mora Senior Center received a new flag donated by director Connie Garcia.

Joe Trujillo and Garcia removed the old tattered flag and gently folded it in the customary manner. The new flag was then raised.

After lunch the seniors observed the correct disposal of the old flag.

Foil was stretched out on the parking lot and the flag placed in the middle. Everyone stood at attention and saluted the old flag and stood in silence for a minute. After some grass and paper was placed on the flag it was burned with everyone standing at attention. The fire was carefully extinguished, and the ashes were taken to be buried.

This is the proper respectful manner in which a flag that can no longer be used is to be disposed of.

Congratulations to Mora athletes
Congratulations to the Mora cross country team and coaches Mark Cassidy, James Branch and Mark Montoya.

For the first time the Mora Cross Country team as a whole placed high in the state cross country tournament. They took fourth place at the state championship. Alonzo Chavez took first place, in the 2A boys race, another first for Mora.

And Congratulations, also, to our District Champion Rangerettes volleyball team and their able coaches Jacklyn Sanchez and Michael Fran. They will be playing in the state tournament this weekend.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.