Here’s a look at today’s news:
The Silver Consolidated Schools and Opportunity High School will be closed for Spring Break from Monday, March 12th to March 16th. No classes will be held. Regular class schedules will resume on Monday, March 19th. The Administration office will remain open. Cliff Schools will be closed for Spring Break from March 26th through 30th. Regular class schedules will resume on Monday, April 2nd, Deming Public Schools have scheduled their Spring Break from March 12th to the 16th and Lordsburg Municipal Schools will be taking their Spring Break from March 26th through April 2nd.
Members of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education heard a truancy report presented by Tony Sosa and Liz Baxter who provided information gathered from the elementary schools on truancies, tardies, and habitual absences. An incentive program has been created to encourage students and families to improve attendance. The “Truancy Intervention Court” started in September of last year with Silver City Municipal Court Judge Sonya Ruiz to address the underlying causes of truancy and connect community members with resources. It was also reported that the schools are no longer accepting phone calls to excuse students, and any excused absences must have a written note from a parent or physician.
Several road projects will begin this month in Silver City, the largest being on Pinos Altos Road from U.S Highway 180 north to just past 32nd Street. The New Mexico Department of Transportation funded this $10 million project that includes new pavement, line striping, curb and gutter improvements, sidewalks, storm drains, bicycle lanes and driveways that will all be ADA compliant. The project is slated to begin later this month and take a year to complete.
State District Judge Douglas Driggers, has dropped one of five charges in the case involving Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez. The Judge dismissed one public corruption charge stemming from a traffic stop on June 11th in 2016. The remaining charges include reckless driving, harassment, and engaging in prohibited political activities for allegedly using a state-owned vehicle for personal purposes. A trial is expected to convene in June.
Deming High School will be hosting a Junior ROTC Expo next Tuesday to showcase what the Deming High JROTC program has to offer to freshman and sophomore students. The Expo is scheduled for 8:30 A.M. for freshman and 10:30 A.M. for sophomores at Frank Dooley Court on the new campus of Deming High School. There will be demonstrations in various drills, color guard, marksmanship, rife drills, marching, and PT training. The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.