Official elected to school association post

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By David Giuliani

A member of the Las Vegas City Schools board has been elected to serve in a top position in a statewide organization.

Fellow members of the New Mexico School Boards Association elected Ramon “Swoops” Montao to be the group’s vice president. The vote took place on Friday in Albuquerque.

Montao, the Las Vegas board’s vice president, said the association didn’t release the vote totals for the three people running, but he said he was told that his tally was “overwhelming.”

Montao, who is running for Las Vegas mayor, is in his third four-year term on the school board.

He said Mora school board member Alex Montoya nominated him. He said he received support from both the southern and northern parts of the state.

Montao said the association’s executive board has long been in the control of a select few and that he wanted the group to be more representative of the entire membership. He said he wants to bring recognition to schools that normally don’t get the association’s spotlight.

He said the association also needs to recognize the different needs of schools in various areas of the state.