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Education

  • Slain educators to be honored for bravery

    By John Christoffersen and Pat Eatonrobb
    The Associated Press

    DANBURY, Conn. — As a little girl, Lauren Rousseau would create make-believe classrooms with dolls and a small blackboard. And when a gunman invaded Sandy Hook Elementary School, the substitute with a life-long dream of being a teacher died doing her best to keep the children calm. She read to them, her father said.

  • In Brief - Education - Feb. 8, 2013

    Rio Rancho teacher accused of child abuse

    Police say a Rio Rancho Middle School teacher accused of grabbing two students by the arm and collar during a science class has been arrested on two counts of child abuse.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that 45-year-old Ken Boyd is accused of grabbing a boy who was in the sixth grade by his collar, pushing him backward into a table and yelling at him.
    Authorities say Boyd then dismissed the class except for the boy, turned off the lights and closed the classroom door.

  • Area students attending career workshop today

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Friday, students enrolled in the Accelerate program at Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are getting an opportunity to practice using skills vital to finding a job, contributing to an organization and establishing a career.  

  • Mora board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Mora Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 1

    Victoria “Vicky” Lovato
    (Resident of Holman; a life time resident of Mora County)

  • Education chief OKs online school despite opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera overruled the state Public Education Commission this week, and will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the school will be called New Mexico Connections Academy and will contract with the online, for-profit curriculum company Connections Academy. The school aims to serve students in grades K-12 from around the state.

  • Sierra Vista students of the month
  • Pecos board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections around the corner, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Pecos Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 4

    Debbie Gilmore
    Age: 53
    Address, phone number, e-mail: 17 Camino Andres Vigil, 575-318-9418, realtordg2000@yahoo.com

  • West board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. Below are responses to questionnaires sent to West Las Vegas School Board Candidates Christine M. Ludi and David G. Romero, who are both running unopposed.

    POSITION 4

    Christine M. Ludi

    Age: 56,
    Address, phone number(s) e-mail addresses: 804 South Pacific; home: 425-6643; cell: 429-1511;   cmludi@live.com.

  • LVCS board candidates questionnaire

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education. We’ll run responses from the other candidates in future editions of the Optic. Election Day is Feb. 5.

    Position 1

    Ernesto J. Salazar
    Age: 42; born in Las Vegas, NM

  • Preparing for competition