VALENCIA COUNTY

Valencia County Schools
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J A NUARY 26, 2011

News-Bulletin

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Belen Board of Education

District 1
Lorraine C. Espinosa
Age: 55 Occupation: Client service agent with Children, Youth and Families Department Education: High school diploma Previous political experience: Vice chairwoman of the Valencia County Democratic Party Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? Yes. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep in tact, and what is expendable in the school district? “All programs, materials, resources and staff that directly impact students must remain intact. I would work with my fellow board members and the members of the business department to go over each line item in the budget to identify any items that may be expendable.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I would support teachers with the materials and resources they need to ensure performance standards are taught at each grade level.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Increase graduation rates; 2. Support all staff members so that they are able to focus on providing students with the best education possible; 3. Provide each and every student with an education that prepares them to be competitive in higher education and in the workforce.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “I would like to encourage partnerships with our business community, nonprofits and universities in order to provide more technical and on-thejob training for secondary students. I would also like the school district to work more closely with the parents and the community to increase attendance at all levels, increase parent involvement and increase high school graduation rates.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes, I would definitely support this type of collaboration. Schools must be innovative and must find a way to engage each and every student. Together we will do a better job of serving Valencia County’s most valuable resources, our children.”

Belen Board of Education

District 2
Annette A. Benavidez
Age: 40 Occupation: Real estate agent Education: 16 years Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “I would like to keep teachers who are productive in the classroom and I feel what is expendable is spending in ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “Instead of basing AYP on the test scores, maybe we should base student progress on the actual student achievement in the classroom. One test should not measure student success. We should measure student success on an individual basis throughout the year.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Keep classroom sizes manageable; 2. Create new ways to bring money into the school system. Rio Rancho’s bus advertisements are an excellent example; 3. Create a districtwide parent communication method — example, Los Lunas used Telparent and parents are notified of all activities, emergencies, etc.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “We can encourage more parent involvement and provide for districtwide sponsored tutoring.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes, communication between Valencia County schools is very important. We can all learn from one another and determine what works for our students. Access to higher education is a necessity.”

the district office that does not directly affect our students.” 2. What would you do to help

Voting for the Tuesday, Feb. 1, school board elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Belen Board of Education

District 2
Raymond Sam Chavez (Incumbent)
Age: 55 Occupation: IRS Revenue Officer Education: Bachelor of Science in Education (AXED) NMSU 1977; Additional credit hours in Accounting, Business and Finance. Previous political experience: Incumbent, two previous terms on the board Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “No reduction in workforce, no furloughs, no program cuts. Employees have been great at implementing costsaving measures. Closing the schools for the summer saved over $50,000. The solar electric system is estimated to save over $20,000. We will continue to offer all educational programs.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “Teachers and assistants do an excellent job. All schools are showing increased test scores in math and reading. The problem is the “target score” for AYP continues to move (a problem recognized nationally). We have aligned our curriculum across the district for consistency and implemented a reading program that shows promise in helping achieve AYP.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “Continue the progress of the last eight years. I would continue to improve opportunities in vocational and alternative education. I will insure our children are safe at school, free from bullying, harassment and hazing. And provide our teachers the tools to continue to raise test scores and graduation rates.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “The most important factor is the workforce. We have a unique situation as a small community where most of our employees are from Belen. Our employees have been wonderful in doing more with less. The morale is that of a ‘can do’ attitude. Taking care of employees is critical to continued improvement.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “ I wouldn’t use the word ‘revive’ (as if the practice has ended). The three boards have agreed to continue to meet when necessary or when pertinent information needs to be shared. The previous tri-board meetings have been very successful in allowing the three boards to share information of common interest.”

District 2
Amanda L. Hite
Age: 26 Occupation: Dental hygienist Education: Associate of Science in general science; Bachelors of Science in dental hygiene Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No Have you or your business ever filed for Bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Despite tough economic times, I believe our leaders in Santa Fe will do their best to keep cuts to education at a minimum. I would prioritize the classroom and make sure that our schools still thrive. We can never compromise education.” 2. What would you do to help

District 2
Sandra I. Martinez
Age: 46 Occupation: Licensed Realtor, self-employed business owner Education: Attended UNM, NMSU, specialized education for Real Estate Licensure Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? “My husband, Jerry, and I do owe property taxes. We own multiple real estate holdings and are self-employed in the construction and real estate industries. This, combined with a declined economy, has caused us to run delinquent on a few of our holdings. However, payment arrangements have been made.” 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would

ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I think that we need to take a closer look at the AYP system and make some changes. As it stands you only know if a school passes or fails. I know there is legislation in the works that will propose an A-F grading format that would give n See Hite, Page 6

you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Since education is what schools are designed to do, direct classroom instruction is a priority. This would include the resources and staff needed to successfully and safely educate the
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Belen Board of Education

District 3
Larry Lindberg
Age: 65 Occupation: Retired U.S. Marshal, substitute school teacher Education: Master’s degree, educational administration, University of Illinois; Bachelor of Science degree, University of Kansas; 40 hours of postgraduate work, University of Wyoming and the University of New Mexico Previous political experience: Candidate for Valencia County Sheriff Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “When I was acting commander of 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “When I was chief of the Training Evaluation Division at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, Ill., we had a number of pilot projects. The Air Force established new courses of study in certain areas. If the courses were successful, they were taught to the entire Air Force. We need these type of programs for reading and math. I believe reading is a life-long skill.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “As a substitute teacher and former chief of security for the Belen Schools, I feel the following are the most important goals. Provide a safe environment for our children, teachers and staff. Provide the resources necessary to teach our students. Hold our superintendent and staff accountable for meeting established goals.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “When I was an intern assistant principal at the University of Wyoming oncampus school, we were able to get greater parent participation in our reading and math programs. We did this by home visits. It was a success, and our reading and math scores improved.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes, it is always good to exchange ideas and work together. When I was the branch chief at the community college of the Air Force, I met with a number of educational boards.”

the Belen High School Naval ROTC program, I observed how important it was to keep our teachers and staff intact. Expendable items: stop retreats and meetings at hotels, and use our Teacher Resource Center. Do away with nonessential transportation and travel.”

District 3
Carolyn A. Chavez
Age: 23 Occupation: School administrative assistant Education: AA in theology and liberal arts, currently attending UNM working toward a bachelor’s. Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “We need to prioritize our resources to increase academic performance. Usually when you really look at the budget, the real problem is a spending problem, not a lack of finances. In tough economic times we need to be willing to make tough decisions.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “We should support the legislative initiative to have an A-F school grading system. AYP is not a clear indicator of a schools’ status. A recognizable grading scale would benefit the parents and staff. From there we can improve the schools that are failing by reordering the priorities of the board.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “We need to: a. Prioritize resources to increase academic performance; b. Encourage community involvement in the schools; c. Create an attitude in the community that truly values education.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “ The students would benefit the most from parental involvement in their education. We can also encourage community involvement in the schools. It should not be difficult for groups like the Boy Scouts to have access to the schools. The community can make education exciting again.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “It would be great to have all three boards meet together every few months. Valencia County is a very close community, and I hope we can all collaborate to benefit everyone.”

Polling Places for Belen schools
Dennis Chavez Elementary School: District 5 Belen Schools Administration Building: Parts of District 1 Bosque Coffee House/Pizza Rio: Parts of District 2 Jaramillo Elementary School: Parts of Districts 2 and 4 First Baptist Church of Belen (South Annex): Parts of District 4 First Presbyterian Church: Parts of District 3 Don Jose Dolores Cordova Cultural Center: Parts of District 2 Adelino Headstart: Parts of Districts 1 and 3 Rio Grande Elementary School: Parts of District 1 La Promesa Elementary School: Parts of District 2 Voters in Districts 4 and 5 will not be voting for a school board seat, but can vote on the bond and mill levy issues. University of New MexicoValencia Campus Advisory board Position 2 will appear on Belen School District ballots

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 1
Jason T. Bennett
Age: 37 Occupation: Owner/broker of J. Bennett Realty Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed bankruptcy? “Yes, I am in the Real Estate business, and my business felt a large blow at the beginning of the housing crisis.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “The entire budget must be reviewed, It is my belief that we must prioritize the budget in the following manner: a.

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Is the service essential? b. Can someone else besides government deliver the service? c. Can the service be redesigned? d. Can we use a public private partnership? e. Can the service wait? f. What will be the impact of suspending or eliminating the service?”

2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I support new private-school voucher programs, expanding charter schools and implementing tougher testing policies, such as giving individual schools A-F grades. If a school receives a failing grade for two consecutive years, then vouchers should be issued. This would force schools to discontinue failing policies and failing teachers or face cuts in budgets. I am interested in the yearly progress of the student more so than the school.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “I would like to accomplish the following: a. Streamline the budget; b. Create a safer environment for learning; c. Get parents involved, as I see that as the key to a successful education

experience.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “We must examine the budget line by line. Before we give them more money, we should ask whether our schools are using as efficiently as possible the money they already have. Wasteful and frivolous spending should never be tolerated, of course, but eliminating them is only the first small step toward schools becoming more efficient. I have many ideas as to how we could improve our schools across the board to operate more efficiently.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes.”

District 1
David A. Pounders
1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Budget cuts seem to be unavoidable. The students should always be the first priority. The Los Lunas schools have done well, but there is always room for improvement.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “Encourage the staff and teachers to redirect the priority back on the students. The focus should be on the core skills.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “Make faculty and students more accountable. Eliminate unnecessary expenses. Make our education system more efficient.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “If an employee is responsible for the progress of the students, and is not producing, they should be removed and replaced with another who will do the job. Also consider diverting funds from programs that do not work to programs that do.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “As a truck driver, if my dispatcher and I do not communicate effectively we will never succeed. “If everyone involved has the same goal, which is educating our children, and they are committed to work together, then tri-board meetings will be successful.”

Age: 41 Occupation: Truck driver Education: High School Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No

The Belen and Los Lunas School Board, UNMValencia Campus Advisory Board and Belen bond and mill levy elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 1
Charles D. Tabet
Age: 47 Occupation: Retired Education: High school graduate, attended TVI (now CNMCC) Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? “DWI, 1989, 22 years ago.” Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “As a priority, I would try to stay away from the classroom as much as possible in making cuts. I don’t feel any 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “We need to emphasize to students and parents the importance of the standardized test. We need to give them support from the schools and teachers. We have some students and parents who need to understand the importance of AYP, because some schools have missed AYP by only a few students.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “First, build pride in our entire school district. We have some issues that need to be dealt with to accomplish this. Second, show parents the positives of the district so more want to send their children to its schools. I want to emphasize accomplishments. Last, bring support to staff and students so they become more successful.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Take advantage of the resources our district has, such as school-wide interventions, Renaissance programs, PTA, booster clubs, parent volunteers, Gear-Up and applying for grants. These are only a few programs important to our schools’ success that cost little or no money.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “I would be open to looking into it, and I would survey our community to see if it would be beneficial to our district.”

area is expendable. I think we would have to make cuts in all areas, because all areas are needed for a successful school district.”

Timothy J. Farwell, a candidate in Dist. 1, chose not to participate in the News-Bulletin questionnaire
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learning styles.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Restructure AYP testing; 2. Focus on elementary education to ensure students have a very strong foundation for mid-school and high school learning; 3. Maximize the resources and minimize the waste so that we get full use out of our resources and budget.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Budgeting is a challenge for any one, any business, and any school district. I am sure there are ways to utilize the staff, faculty, community and to use existing resources in better ways to improve our schools.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes.”
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student body. To educate safely, we must maintain our facilities. Waste of any kind is a target of elimination.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “AYP is challenging for every school that has diversity in learning styles. It is my opinion that all learning styles, such as special education, advanced placement, etc., be tested independent of the standardized testing required to determine AYP. This would provide an accurate measure for AYP for all

from page 3 a more accurate description of how our schools are performing.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Increase community involvement in our schools; 2. Ensure that the Family School has a permanent home; 3. Encourage the importance and value of an education.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Increasing community involvement would help if any school programs needed to be cut. We have so many talented people in our community; we need to utilize our local resources.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Collaboration is always a benefit to the community.”

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 2
Kelly J. Chavez
Age: 49 Occupation: Weights and measures official Education: B.S. in agriculture from NMSU Previous political experience: President of Peralta Elementary PTC Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Priority is to keep the classroom intact. We can’t afford to lose teachers. We have already cut materials and supplies, there has been no pay increases, we’ve increased class size, taken away teacher assistants, we are fully considered by the new board. This allows us to make spending cuts while preserving classroom budgets.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “There are several criteria a school has to meet to ensure making AYP. It’s not just scores in reading and math. “One of those criteria taken into account is absences. If we could find more innovative ways to involve parents, especially at the middle schools and high schools, I think this could make a significant impact on AYP.” not filling vacant positions, have cut four days off contracts, and the district is not absorbing increases in health care. “Given the current economic climate, a five-day school week may be wasteful in comparison to a fourday academic week, which have been proven successful in other systems. Actions such as these should be care3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “Improve student achievement by supporting pre-k education and preserving extracurricular funding. Increase access to technology. Facilitate parent and community involvement. Increase transparency and accountability of the board through good sound policies.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “We need creative ideas like fourday school weeks to decrease overall spending while preserving classroom funding.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes. We are all in this boat together. What better way to help solve problems than by sharing our difficulties and coming together to find solutions.”

Polling Places for los lunas schools
Los Lunas Schools Administration: Parts of Districts 4 and 5 Los Lunas Elementary School: Parts of Districts 1 and 4 Bosque Farms Arena: Parts of District 1 Peralta Elementary School: Parts of Districts 1 and 2 Ann Parish Elementary School: Parts of District 2 Thomé Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center: Parts of District 5 Daniel Fernandez Elementary School: Parts of District 1 Old Isleta Headstart: Parts of District 1 Meadow Lake Community Center: Parts of District 2

District 2
David W. Nowlin
Age: 53 Occupation: Senior automotive restoration technician Education: Finished secondary school, some college hours Previous political experience: Past president of the Rio Abajo Shrine Club, past master of Bethlehem Lodge No. 56 and vice president of the Meadow Lake Yacht Club Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “I would prioritize academics, the arts and physical education. I believe adequate materials and training necessary to ensure a successful academic outcome.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. To get wages back to previous cuts, if not better; 2. To improve the operating budget each year; 3. Academic accountability.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Increase efficiency and reduce waste of resources at hand.” repairing vehicles and equipment, if at all probable, before buying new, would be on my expendable list.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “Provide the teaching staff with 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Only if it would yield financial benefits to all districts through cost controls.”

University of New MexicoValencia Campus Advisory board Positions 3 and 5 will appear on Los Lunas School District ballots. The District 3 seat is not up for election this year.

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 4
Michael J. Doyle
Age: 42 Occupation: Lawyer Education: University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Communications, with highest honors; University of New Mexico School of Law Previous political experience: Volunteering Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “I want to make sure we don’t close schools or increase class sizes. This has been mentioned in the past and tried in Santa Fe. “It doesn’t work. Our students deserve classrooms that are not overcrowded and educators whose attention is not divided by too many students. “Sports, arts, music, and extra-curricular activities all provide our kids with opportunities to grow and need to be kept. Vendor contracts and administrative costs are two places we need to examine.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I would insure schools have and use programs that identify students with problems as soon as possible and get the students the help they need. I would listen to educators ideas and find out what is working and what is not. “Finally, I’d ask parents to learn more about Adequate Yearly Progress and work with their children as much as they can.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “My top three goals would be to find ways to increase opportunities and the education of students despite impending budget cuts, insure Los Lunas remains a leading New Mexico school district, and eliminate wasteful spending in contracts and administration.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “The school district can be improved with less money by: 1. Cutting waste in contracts and administrative costs; 2. Listening to educators, parents, and students to learn what works and what does not work and implementing the best ideas; 3. Encouraging local businesses to donate supplies and funds to schools.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “I do think that the tri-board meetings are important for sharing information between the districts and should be re-instituted.”

District 4
Shaun L. Gibson
Age: 47 Occupation: Youth pastor Education: Bachelor’s of Science in biological sciences from New Mexico Tech Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Our priorities have been well defined by law and we are not meeting them. Therefore I don’t believe we should leave any program intact nor does any necessary component need to be cut out. “We need reform. Starting with our academic goals, we should evaluate the efficiency and cost effectiveness of each program and make the necessary reforms.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “Our schools are designated as being in Corrective Action Level 2, which requires them to prepare for restructuring. I have not seen where drastic personnel change as suggested by NCLB has been successful. “We need to change our educational model so that resources are aligned with end goals, student performance is immediately rewarded or corrected, parents are involved by design, and teacher effectiveness is recognized.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “My goals would be to: a. Establish effective and consistent curriculum to increase academic performance; b. Increase parent and community involvement; c. Build trust and relationship between the community, school administration and school board.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “To improve the schools with less money we need: a. Greater parental and community involvement; b. To align resources to meet performance goals; c. Competition and incentives to increase performance; d. Better corrective action earlier in the educational process.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “The Los Lunas School Board must focus on the needs of Los Lunas schools as a priority. Until we achieve marked improvement our vision should not be distracted. “When progress is made it would be beneficial to work with other districts to decrease cost by sharing resources and facilities.”

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 4
Frank A. Otero (Incumbent)
Age: 52 Occupation: Retired, facilities operations manager, New Mexico Department of Health Education: Los Lunas High School, 1976, University of New Mexico, business management Previous political experience: Los Lunas Board of Education, 2007-present; board secretary, 2007-2008, 20092010, 2010-present; board president; 2008-2009 Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? classified staff.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “At the elementary level, five schools out of eleven achieved AYP. The remaining schools are very close but have issues with certain subgroups. “The school site teachers and principals are implementing interventions to address specific student needs. I would support continued efforts with emphasis on middle and high schools.” “Since the overall operational budget has been cut approximately $10 million over the last three years, there really is not much that is expendable in order meet the educational requirements for every student. “About 89 percent of the funds go towards the salaries of certified and 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “Increase the number of schools achieving AYP while complying with “No Child Left Behind.” Continue to support student achievement at the high schools with programs which take advantage of students’ individual specific interests. Improve upon progress in the retention of students while increasing graduation rates.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Due to the continued reduction in operational budgets, many positions have been eliminated or combined requiring increased work loads. “All staff are expected to do so much more and benefits have been reduced resulting in less take home pay. Schools can not be improved with less money at this point in time.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes, I would support efforts to revive tri-board meetings. We all share common issues.”

Current Los Lunas sChooLs administration
Superintendent: Bernard R. Saiz School board president: Maria M. Marez Vice president: Christopher D. Martinez Members: Ed Hernandez, Dan Gross and Frank Otero Los Lunas Schools Administration Office: 119 Luna Ave., Los Lunas, N.M., 87031 (505) 865-9636

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The Belen and Los Lunas School Board, UNMValencia Campus Advisory Board and Belen bond and mill levy elections will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Los Lunas Board of Education

District 5
Robert J. Archuletta Jr.
Age: 50 Occupation: Contract security NNSA/DOE Education: Associate of Arts degree Previous political experience: None. Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a Felony: No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy: “Yes, discharged in 2004.” Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County: No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “If elected, I will look at every line item of the budget to see where to cut before we touch the classrooms, principals and teachers. “The principals and their staffs educate our children, not central office. I feel we need to look into central office personnel being trimmed from 125 to 100 or less.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I think we need to focus more on EPSS (Educational Plan for Student Success). “More contact time with students, especially to provide interventions for those in need and enrichment for others; keeping in mind that what may work for one or some may not work for all.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Cut unnecessary spending/look into cutting central office staff members where needed and look into giving principals a small raise; 2. Work on necessities like new text books for students to utilize; 3. Enhance school security with more personnel and system upgrades.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “Schools have one day a month early release for professional development; this is extremely beneficial because professional development could be site based and allows school staff to work together to improve the learning environment at each school.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Why were the meetings canceled or discontinued? With all school affiliations, ties and allegiances dropped; I would like the tri-board meetings revived. “This is suppose to be one county right! Lets work together to get through this economic down turn together! For solutions, three is always better than one!”

District 5
Jason Coleman Hudson
Age: 40 Occupation: Sales management Education: Mayfield High School/ Mesilla Valley Christian School, Las Cruces, NMSU, Las Cruces Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? Never Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “I have believed throwing money at a problem will make it better. To fix the budget issue, we need to prioritize our funds better. “For example, we have over 100 people working for central office to oversee 16 schools. As an outsider, I see this as being top heavy.” 2. What would you do to help ensure that more schools make Adequate Yearly Progress? “I have spent a lot of time talking with teachers and what I hear is that students no longer value education. “Their goal is just to get out, and that standardized testing is a joke. To change that, we parents have to start changing how we view and impart the value of education.” 3. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “a. Encourage community involvement in education. For instance, it is amazing what a Scoutmaster can do to encourage a child; b. Look at central office and see if we could reallocate funds; c. Bolster the teacher-parent relationship. With almost 20 percent of residents unable to speak English, communication is a huge issue.” 4. What can the school district do to improve schools with less money? “We have some great folks with some great organizations who would be willing to donate time to improve our schools. “For instance, in our Boy Scout troop we have almost as many parents involved as boys. They donate hundreds of hours a year to improve our community. I know many would do the same for the schools.” 5. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “A district-wide relationship like this as beneficial to all. By vertically aligning with UNM-VC, we can better understand how students need to prepare. We do not need to limit this to our university, but expand it to trade schools.”

January 26, 2011 • Valencia County News-Bulletin • Valencia County Schools Election • 11

UNM-VC Advisory Board

District 2
Belinda M. Martinez (Incumbent)
Age: 58 Occupation: Teacher at Belen High School Education: UNM and UNM-VC Previous political experience: Served two previous terms on the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No Have you or your business ever filed bankruptcy? No Do you currently owe delinquent taxes in Valencia County? No 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “My first priority is to continue to minimize tuition increases to insure pursuing a degree is attainable for all. Our nursing program is a significant priority and some of the finest technology in the country is available here at UNM-VC and both need to be kept in tact.” 2. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Continue to work diligently with the Belen and Los Lunas school systems to prepare students for their future; 2. See more bachelor degrees available through UNM-VC; 3. It would be fantastic to see high school students graduate with an associate degree or equivalent. Some have come close already.” 3. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas, and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Yes, I actually suggested this and we hosted the last meeting.” 4. Do you expect and would you support tuition increases other than what is mandated by the state? “I do not expect and would not support tuition increases other than those mandated by the state.” 5. What makes UNM-VC a good investment for the taxpayers? “UNM-VC provides students with a quality education, saving money on tuition and commuter costs. Students live, work and open businesses in our community. A population of educated citizens: There is not a better investment.”

District 3
Robert Russell Griego
Age: 51 Occupation: Banker at Bank of the West Education: Manzano High School graduate Previous political experience: None Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “I would recommend that UNMValencia do everything possible to maintain excellence in the classroom as well as affordability, and look to areas such as energy conservation, increasing private donations for scholarships, and looking for any federal grant opportunities that might be available for Hispanic-serving colleges.” 2. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “My top three goals would be to ensure that the campus continues to be funded adequately from the state to serve our students; to expand programs such as the nursing program, especially with a new hospital coming; and to represent the citizens of Los Lunas.” 3. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas, and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “As an advisory board member, I will personally advocate for the resumption of these important meetings.” 4. Do you expect and would you support tuition increases other than what is mandated by the state? “As I understand it, the advisory board currently has a policy regarding tuition increases. “I would certainly examine that policy and make recommendations based on the needs of the campus.” 5. What makes UNM-VC a good investment for the taxpayers? “My daughter attended UNM-VC, and is now studying for her doctorate. I know the value of having the campus in our community. “Having raised scholarship funds for the campus, I have seen the impact that a university eduction has on the career opportunities for students in Valencia County.”

Helen A. Jaramillo, a candidate in the UNM-VC Advisory Board Dist. 5 race, chose not to participate in the News-Bulletin questionnaire. Jaramillo said she tried to withdraw from the race for personal reasons, but missed the deadline set by the Valencia County Clerk. She will not be seeking the office.

12 • Valencia County Schools Election • Valencia County News-Bulletin • January 26, 2011

UNM-VC Advisory Board

District 5

Paul T. Luna (Incumbent)
Age: 57 Occupation: Retired educator Education: BA in education, MA in educational administration Previous political experience: Service on the UNM-VC Advisory Board Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a DWI or a felony? No. Have you or your business ever filed for bankruptcy? No. Do you currently owe delinquent property taxes in Valencia County? No. 1. In light of probable budget cuts coming from the state, what would you prioritize to keep intact, and what is expendable in the school district? “Every program at UNM-VC is important. Every certificate and degree granting program must be maintained to serve the needs of all students. It is important to maintain the student advisory support programs, class sizes, instructors, including adjunct faculty, and the supportive administrafinancial assistance for our students and campus, including local, state and federal funding.” 3. In the past, Belen, Los Lunas, and UNM-VC have had tri-board meetings to discuss how they could support one another. Would you revive this effort? “Our advisory board has continued to work with both Belen and Los Lunas school boards, and their administrators, and find that this is a vital component in providing educational services for all of our students. This effort would be continued. There is a very positive relationship between the schools and UNM-VC.” 4. Do you expect and would you support tuition increases other than what is mandated by the state?
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“Tuition increases should be the very last form of financial increases on any campus. Many times they cannot be avoided because of financial needs. We must be in tune with our students and their needs and assist them in any way we can, through scholarships, grants and state and federal support.” 5. What makes UNM-VC a good investment for the taxpayers? “UNM-VC has provided many wonderful and positive educational opportunities for students from Valencia County, this is one of the most important investments we can make for anyone wanting to better themselves, and in turn wanting to give back to their community. Our investment in UNMVC is an investment in our future.”

tive team on campus.” 2. If elected, what would be your top three goals you would like to achieve while in office? “1. Maintain the safe educational environment which exists at UNMVC; 2. Continue to recruit students from Valencia County to attend UNMVC, working directly with the Belen and Los Lunas school districts, and 3. Continue to research all avenues for

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