In anticipation of a larger enrollment this year, the Cobre Consolidated School District has hired 30 new staff members. The new educational staff members will include elementary teachers, some specializing in math intervention, and special education, in addition to middle and secondary teachers, an occupational and physical therapist, music teachers, social workers, counselors, and Pre-K teachers. Sandra Montoya replaced the retired Frank Quarrell is the new principal at Cobre High School. In addition, Pat Abalos is now the Snell Middle School principal and athletic director.
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments received the Star of the Southwest Award for the Renewable Energy Project which was awarded by the Economic Development Administration at the Southwest Region Executive Directors Association. The council was awarded $250,000 to the SWNM Green Energy and Jobs Strategic Plan, that includes various green and energy conscious project accomplishments. The Southwest Region Executive Directors Association is a voluntary association of executive directors of Councils of Governments and Economic Development Districts across a five-state region and the Star of the Southwest Award showcases the effective work of Councils of Governments/Economic Development Planning Districts.
Deming High School is continuing the one-to-one laptop program for all students that allows students to work and communicate in and out of the classroom. The school eliminated other lab fees to insure the continuation of this program. There is a yearly student fee of $50 or $40 if paid online that is used for the laptop warranty, replenish power supplies, and generally continue funding of the program.
The Rotary Club of Silver City honored Gabriela O’Keefe and Marley A. Williams, who each received a $1,500 college scholarship from the club. Gabriela, who graduated from Silver High School, will be attending the University of New Mexico, and Marley, a graduate of Cliff High School, will attend the University of Arizona. Congratulations!