Sandoval County Local Election Information

The Sandoval County local election will be held on November 5th. For specifics on everything covered in the election, please view the Election Proclamation HERE.

The NMBC has information regarding all the ballot questions that will be asked in the election, as well as answers on key school board issues from the school board candidates who are up for election from these Sandoval County school districts:

  • Rio Rancho Public Schools
  • Bernalillo Public Schools
  • Jemez Valley Public Schools
  • Cuba Independent Schools

If you find this information useful, please consider making a contribution to the NMBC! We are a grassroots organization and we value each and every person who supports our vision for New Mexico.

Ballot Questions

This election, there are several ballot questions largely related to public schools funding. Here is our write-up of the questions, which largely contains the original wording of the questions but with some simplifications and additional thoughts sprinkled throughout.

If you’ve also seen the Bernalillo County ballot questions and recognize some of the questions here from there, it is because some of these school districts fall within both counties, so the questions make an appearance on some ballots in both counties.

NOTE: All of these initiatives, if passed, will NOT raise taxes. For property tax questions, the taxes in question are already being levied and are being renewed. For bond questions, the bond payouts will be paid for using already existing tax funds. If failed, these initiatives would lower property tax rates, but at a significant detriment to the school districts. The districts rely on this funding for building and grounds maintenance, school improvements, and supplies and technology for students. NO education salaries will be paid with these funds.

Bernalillo Public Schools

Public School Capital Improvements ($2 million) Tax Question

Shall the BPS Board of Education continue to impose a property tax of $2.00 on each $1,000 of net taxable value of the property within the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 for capital improvements in the District including payments made on lease-purchase arrangements for:

  • erecting, remodeling, making additions to, providing equipment for or furnishing public school buildings and pre-K classroom facilities;
  • purchasing or improving public school grounds or pre-K grounds;
  • maintenance of public-school buildings or public-school or pre-K grounds;
  • purchasing activity vehicles for transporting students to extracurricular school activities;
  • purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public school classrooms; and
  • purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district employees, but including tools used in the education process that constitute learning and administrative resources?

This tax is currently being imposed, so this initiative passing will not increase current tax rates.

 

Rio Rancho Public Schools

APS spends $2,467 per student on education, whereas RRPS only spends $1,061 per student.

General Obligation Bond Question

Shall the RRPS Board of Education be authorized to issue general obligation bonds totaling no more than $60,000,000 for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, making additions to and furnishing school buildings; purchasing or improving school grounds; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools; providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act (which attempts to ensure that all public schools, regardless of size, are adequate and support learning by making it easier to secure funding in less affluent areas); or any combination of these purposes? Said bonds will be payable from general (ad valorem) taxes and be issued and sold at such times and upon such terms as determined by the Board.

Albuquerque Municipal School District No. 12 (APS)

APS spends $2,467 per student on education, whereas RRPS only spends $1,061 per student.

APS Capital Improvements Tax

Shall APS continue to impose a property tax of $2.00 per each $1,000 of net taxable value of property within the District for the property tax years 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 for the purpose of:

  • erecting, remodeling, furnishing, and equipping school buildings;
  • purchasing or improving school ground;
  • maintenance of school buildings or school grounds;
  • purchasing and installing education technology improvements?

APS General Obligation Bond

Shall APS, in both Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, be authorized to issue up to $100,000,000 of general obligation bonds for the purpose of erecting, remodeling, equipping, and furnishing school buildings; purchasing or improving school grounds; purchasing computer software and hardware for student use in public schools; providing matching funds for capital outlay projects funded pursuant to the Public School Capital Outlay Act; or any combination of these purposes?

This is what APS does with tax dollars instead of fixing heating/air conditioning, drinking water pipes and leaky roofs.

APS has owned these buildings for many years and they still sit primarily vacant. They’re not used for administration because APS has built other facilities, like the ‘Montgomery Complex.’ They’re also not rented to create revenue for the district.

These funds are primarily designated for maintenance and the purchasing of equipment, but with the language “erecting…school buildings” written into the propositions, there’s a possibility of more wasteful construction.

Central New Mexico Community College (CNM)

CNM General Obligation Bond

Shall CNM issue its general obligation bonds, in one or more series and in an amount not to exceed $84,000,000, for the purpose of any, all, or a combination of:

  • erecting, furnishing, constructing, purchasing, remodeling, and equipping buildings and utility facilities;
  • making other real property improvements;
  • purchasing grounds; and
  • purchasing and installing computer hardware and software?

School Board Candidate Responses

We created a questionnaire for the candidates running for the various Sandoval County school boards for this cycle that asks what we think are key questions for a school board member and reached out to the various candidates asking for their responses. Below are the responses we have received so far.

Rio Rancho Public Schools

The current Rio Rancho Board of Education has continually shown that they are capable of running the district in an effective manner, so if you are happy with the way RRPS is going like NMBC is, consider voting for the incumbent candidates running this cycle: Ramon Montaño and Ryan Parra.

District 2

Amanda Galbraith

505-440-7541 | amanda@amanda4schoolboard.org

 

1. What RRPS district are you running for?

District 2

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

My primary goal is to help create greater collaboration among the community (families and businesses), staff, and the School Board—we are “better together.” I want to hear their voices while making decisions for our students. I also want to continue to grow the relationships between local businesses and our district. These relationships are critical in creating educational programs.

3. When voting on an RRPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

It is most important to consider the impact on our students and their families. New policies should only be made to further the education and development of our students, and not create a burden on our students, teachers, staff, or community.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the RRPS budget?

Both as a business partner, and as an individual, I have learned creative ways to stretch a dollar. The priority of budgeting is to provide for essentials (fixed costs such as compensation, utilities, insurance, and food services) and then maximize the remaining resources to enhance students’ education. I want to support the Career & Technical Program, reading (and other) intervention programs, and co-curricular activities.

5. Do you feel that the RRPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

While it may seem reasonable to apply a business model, we have to remember that kids are not widgets that can be uniformly processed, as if they were a “product.” The schools cannot control all of the variables in a child’s life which significantly influence their academic outcomes. The Superintendent’s performance in leading the district, hiring and supervising staff, and implementing the School Board’s policies, however, can—and should—be tied to her compensation.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

RRPS schools have historically had to deal with overcrowding, not falling attendance or consistently poor- performing schools, so we have—thankfully—not had to consider closing any schools. While this is the case in other school districts, it would be highly unusual for our district to have to do so in the foreseeable future.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

This is similar to the question about the Superintendent’s compensation and student outcomes, so I’ll say again that schools simply cannot control all of the variables in a child’s life which significantly impact their academic outcomes. Expecting fixed measures to account for things that occur beyond the classroom is unfair. Teacher evaluations should include measuring the teacher’s effectiveness in providing a good learning environment and in facilitating student learning, though. Offering professional development opportunities are important to this process, as is removing teachers who are not well suited for the task.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

The Little Davis Bacon Act was well intended, but it does increase the costs for school construction, which in turn shrinks the available school resources. School boards have little influence over this provision.

9. How should the RRPS Board address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

RRPS has set a standard within New Mexico with a four-year graduation rate of over 85%. Our schools have been a key economic driver to the Rio Rancho community. To continue this trend, the RRPS board needs to continue to research evidence-based policies that will help our students persist and graduate. It is also important for our district to have a working relationship with other districts to help them improve as well. These actions will help drive an increase in our student populations statewide, and an educated workforce attracts more businesses, which grow our economy, which helps people provide for their families because of more, and better, jobs.

10. As an RRPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

We absolutely need the expertise and collaboration of business community members in order to equip our kids to be career-ready for local jobs, as well as college. I want to continue to grow the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Not only does it get students career-ready, but it helps them see their connection to future professions—the “why” of school. One CTE student told me that his grades have never been higher, because of this program. By involving the business community in CTE, we are able to create outstanding programs that fit into a tight district budget, and also give our local businesses the educated workforce they need.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

I have never been arrested.

Michael Mierzejewski

505-896-0327 | mikem@digitalcr8.com

 

1. What RRPS district are you running for?

District 2

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

Maintain the highest graduation standards and provide our students with the resources needed to succeed at the next level. Support the expansion of a Vocation Education program setting RRPS in a class of its own in the state.

3. When voting on an RRPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

How it will benefit the success of our students.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the RRPS budget?

My past experiences, as a small business owner and Operations Manager for a local business as well as my time serving on the Rio Rancho Education Foundation board have given me a basic knowledge of creating budgets.

5. Do you feel that the RRPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

I feel that our Superintendent has done a great job in providing and maintaining high graduation standards. I feel that there should be a base compensation and an incentive based on exceeding a determined graduation rate.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

Many factors, enrollment, the neighboring schools, budget, age of facility, etc.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

I think that teachers should be held accountable to some degree but this cannot be the only criteria as there are way too many variables that our teachers have to deal with daily. I feel the bigger problem is the unfair evaluation process that both students and teachers are assessed by….this needs to be reviewed.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

I think it’s fair to ensure that the contractor is paying adequately for skilled people.

9. How should the RRPS Board address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

RRPS continues to grow as we are a magnet to other communities but I believe that a robust Vocational Education program will encourage students to find a trade they enjoy, graduating with the credentials needed to be employed straight out of High School and remain in our community as job placement would be part of the curriculum.

10. As an RRPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

Again, this ties to Vocational Education. I believe the Vocational program will be a collaboration of partners; the business community, the RRPS District and UNM , CNM and Highlands University creating curriculum that provide students with the skills needed to be employed in our community. In today’s world a vocational education is not only one that addresses trades but also includes coding, programming and other technological skills that are in high demand.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

None

Ramon Montaño

505-514-3715 | nmsp10-8@hotmail.com

 

Ramon did not respond to the questionnaire.

District 3

Jeffery Morgan

702-241-6241 | jeffery.morgan89@yahoo.com

 

Jeffery did not respond to the questionnaire.

District 4

Noreen Krewer-Scott

505-710-7172 | noreen.scott73@gmail.com

 

1. What RRPS district are you running for?

District 4

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

Insuring that the RR public schools have the resources necessary to continue to provide a world class education for our students

3. When voting on an RRPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

What is in the best interest of our students, facility and staff

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the RRPS budget?

I have served on a variety of Boards of Directors where I served on the finance committee or as Treasurer I am a partner in a business successfully operational in NM for over 25 years and served on the Board of Regents of a NM University for 6 years

5. Do you feel that the RRPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

No, I take a holistic approach, running a school district means you have to look at a variety of outcomes not just student achievement. As a school superintendant you have to engage the copmmunity in the success of the schools, you have to gain the respect of the business community, you must provide schools that are safe and healthy environments, the budget has to work, you have to be an advocate for assets and standards on a state level. and so much more. Benchmarks for student achievement are constantly changing but quality outcomes for students in varying capabilities require a balance view

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

The condition of the school building, the number of students to be redistributed to other schools, logistical costs. Feelings of the community and exhaustion of all alternatives

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

To me a teacher is only one component in a child’s education. Parents play a major role in students success. There have been teachers in my life who have ignited the spark of inquiry or a thirst for knowledge but my parents, grandparents, friends and siblings nurtured and challenged me as well. You cannot make anyone solely responsible for another’s success or failure at any age

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

At the core of Little Davis Bacon is the requirement to pay a fair wage to workers for their labor. I solidly support paying for the work others do with a wage that allows them to support themselves and their families

9. How should the RRPS Board address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

That has not been an issue in Rio Rancho, as the community continues to grow

10. As an RRPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

As an economic developer for much of my career I have been an active member of the business community and know that our school district does a great job of engaging the business community in school to work programs as well as keeping up with the skill sets employers are looking for in future employees

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

None

Ryan Parra (incumbent)

505-206-6129 | ryanparra@hotmail.com

 

1. What RRPS district are you running for?

District 4

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

My top priority will be college and career readiness. We have stressed the importance of 4-year degrees, but I would like to continue working on bridging the gap by continued vocational education in certification and 2 year degrees fields.

3. When voting on an RRPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

I judge the policy at the time based on how it impacts the security, welfare, and its expected long term impacts on the students and staff.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the RRPS budget?

Yes, when considering the RRPS budget my priorities have been community outreach programs, dual enrollment, and continued investments to STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)

5. Do you feel that the RRPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

No, Boards evaluate and provide a contract before hand with terms and dates of renewal. This decision should be made by the board as a collective governing body. There are to many factors that contribute to a student success and to hold a single person accountable is unjust.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

I can’t accurately answer this question as RRPS has never had this issue and I can’t speculate based on an issue I’ve never experienced nor do I have prior information to draw from.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

No, Teachers do the best with they can and with what they are provided. Students and Staff achievement boils down to three factors: Funding, Community vision, and Board/Administrative leadership.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

I have not learned/been provided enough information to make an educated position as of the time of this survey.

9. How should the RRPS Board address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

The RRPS Board of Education can’t address the statewide trend, but we can effect the trends we see in Rio Rancho. I believe our focus should be on the hard promotion of 2-year and 4-year college readiness programs. New Mexico has plenty of skilled jobs. Many young people are leaving because they “perceive” a lack of employment opportunities. By promoting both Career technical and 4-year college programs I believe it will open the eyes of many students to the unknown opportunities within the state.

10. As an RRPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

As stated before 1 of 3 things that lead to a positive student outcome is a “Community Vision”. This what your businesses and community members want their cities to look like. As a member of the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce, Sandoval Economic Alliance, and a NAIOP member I work hard to maintain relationships with our businesses to know what programs are needed for their continued growth. Without business collaboration how would any board member have an idea on what programs to offer or what steps we should take in order to prepare our students for college or the work force?

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

N/A

Bernalillo Public Schools

District 1

Isaac Herrera

505-933-4470 | eagle_shield@yahoo.com

 

Isaac did not respond to the questionnaire.

District 4

Cordelia Chavez

505-263-2725 | cordychavez@gmail.com

 

1. What BPS district are you running for?

District 4

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

Collaborate with my fellow colleagues on strategies and performance measures they have taken to improve our poor performing and failing schools. Push for strong intervention professionals to guide the district in identifying the root of the problem in our low performing and failing schools.

3. When voting on a BPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

Is this in the best interest of the students as a whole district.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the BPS budget?

Work in the BPS for 25 years, primarily as a bookkeeper; assist principals/ Administrators develop their budgets and work for the the NM Public Education-in the School Budget and Finance Analysis Bureau for 3 years.

5. Do you feel that the BPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

Absolutely. The structure, leadership and staff support is dictated at the top beginning with the School Board and The Superintendent is responsible for executing methodologies to fulfill the boards, parents and community focus and needs for the children in our community to become a productive citizen. The Superintendent should also support all the district staff in good and bad situations and collaborate to remedy the bad situation.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

Viable Statistics that include but not limited to student membership, available classroom space to possible reorganize schools, school performance after implementing performance measures, PED instructional guidance and intervention programs, safety and security, etc.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Teachers are the professional-subject matter experts in educating our students. However, due to the diverse culture at BPS specialized culture training is a must with a focus on high standards for each child. If the teacher lacks in instruction or students show no performance improvement than they should be place on a growth plan with a seasoned highly qualified mentor to help them develop the skills to be a highly qualified subject matter expert.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

I am in favor of the Little Davis Act

9. How should the BPS Strategic Plan address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

Finding the root of the problem in declining membership is a crucial factor in developing a Strategic Plan to increase the membership: example many of my fellow community members have pulled their children out of BPS and enrolled them in a near by school district because of bullying, performance and falling school. They also feel that the district has become a remedial school because they keep reducing the standards.

10. As a BPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

This is so important to collaborate with community business to identify the work force career skills needed for the area and internship programs.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

None

Vincent Montoya

505-934-0017 | vmmontoya2@gmail.com

 

1. What BPS district are you running for?

District 4

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

Continue with improvements to the district’s curriculum, instruction and school climate. I have supported amazing improvements to our facilities, new construction and state of the art technologies and will continue to support every possible opportunity for our students to be successful. Continuous improvement to the district’s curriculum and instruction will provide the proper avenue for learning. Continuous improvement of the district’s schools climate will create an environment where teachers want to teach and students want to learn.

3. When voting on a BPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

Every policy has to be in alignment with the district’s goals. Each policy must take into consideration the effect on the entire district and ensure that all needs are being addressed.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the BPS budget?

My Bachelor of Accountancy degree along with 20 plus years of government finance experience is the driving force behind my decisions in regards to the district’s budget. During the last 15 years, one of my primary duties is to build, maintain and forecast personnel budgets in excess of $130 million. Because every aspect of the district’s budget is a priority, a commitment to being transparent and willingness to work with staff and the public is my way to ensure that all the needs (and wants where possible) are being met

5. Do you feel that the BPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

Yes – student development is a school’s number one priority. As a board member, I have approved budgets, updated policies and set superintendent goals. It is the position of the superintendent to develop the process and provide guidance in administering the policies and goals, the student outcomes is a direct reflection on that very process.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

Some factors included are, student enrollment, facility safety, funding availability. Fortunately,I have not had to make such a tough decision.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

Yes, to a degree. Parents need to take a more active role in their child’s learning, parent involvement is important in the child’s success. The administration needs to be supportive of the teacher by providing the necessary training, tools and supplies and support their recommendations on how to better improve learning in the classroom.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

I believe that the Davis Bacon Act needs to be revisited. That are some areas I can support and others I cannot.

9. How should the BPS Strategic Plan address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

Plan for the best, prepare for the worst. BPS has always maintained a conservative attitude in preparing the budget. Identifying the trend a decreasing student population and forecast the changes then budget accordingly.

10. As a BPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

The business community has always been welcomed during my tenure. Giving our students the opportunity to meet with the leaders in their community gives students an insight to how the real world works and hopefully sparks interest in certain industries they never thought of pursuing.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

not applicable

District 5

Paul Madrid

505-250-4456

 

Paul did not respond to our attempts to contact him.

Beverly Ranken

505-867-5791 | baranken78@gmail.com

 

1. What BPS district are you running for?

District 5

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

First and foremost, the students. All the students. From Pre-K to High School. Including Special Needs students. Every student matters. I believe we need to listen to the teachers, staff and students as to what they feel would help our district improve. We need to keep our effective teachers, assistants, therapists, support staff and bus drivers in our district. We should strive to keep our students in our district. We need to support our special needs students and staff. We need to support them all to provide our students with a good education, and inspire our community to be one filled with life-long learners. We need to support our diverse cultural community and find ways to work together for all to recognize and respect our unique experiences in this community.

3. When voting on a BPS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

I want to consider how the policy will support our students, our staff and our community.

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the BPS budget?

My first experience with budgets was when I was 18 working my way through college, doing work study on campus as well as working weekends. In four years I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1978.

In Santa Fe, NM, I was the Greenhouse Manager at a large business, where I ordered plants, seeds and supplies for up to a year in advance, and hired seasonal workers as needed.

My priorities in the BPS budget would be to see how the work of administrative personnel and expenditures are benefiting our students, and if needed, cut administrative positions. I would look at where we can add more support personnel in the classrooms to work with the students on all levels. I would also like to look at salaries for staff that are barely making a living wage, like custodians and educational assistants.

5. Do you feel that the BPS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

I would prefer to see the Superintendent’s compensation tied to student progress and district staff performance evaluations of the Superintendent. Certain types of data can be interpreted in very disparate ways, depending on how you ask the questions. What you can do is measure a student’s reading level, comprehension level, and their gains in those levels. I know there are state standards, but not all children learn the same way or at the same age. Diagnosticians can measure a student’s academic abilities, identify specific learning disabilities, which helps teachers be able to better differentiate instruction for students as needed.

The Superintendent should use every means at his/her disposal to support the teachers, students and staff. Provide the schools with the help they need, keep class sizes small, provide counselors and mental health staff to give students the support they need to be able to function in and support a learning environment. Everyone needs to work together.

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

I would seriously consider how closing a school would affect the students and the community attending that school. Schools can be used as a community resource and gathering place. Although busing students long distances is necessary in rural communities at times, friendships made in elementary, middle school and high school can become lifelong friendships as well as important support groups for the students. Disrupting that sense of community and consistency could be very difficult for some students to adjust to, especially with students with special needs. Our students these days have so many different stresses to deal with in their lives that sometimes they need a constant they can depend on.

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

Teachers should be held accountable for students’ progress. It’s not all about academic achievement based on some standardized test developed by people from a different part of the country. Students don’t all learn the same way or at the same rate. A lot of things students learn in school are not measurable by achievement tests. Some are. You can measure a student’s reading fluency, reading comprehension, understanding of math and science concepts and theories. You can measure how they apply what they’ve learned to solving problems, proving a theorem, or doing an experiment. People teach because they thrive on seeing their students grasp a new concept or improve their reading comprehension, or make an exceptional piece of art, or learn how to put a carburetor back together. They work with special needs students and get a thrill out of having their student be able to spell their own name, or learn to use verbal communication, or sometimes even learn how to use the bathroom and wash their hands, or say please and thank you. It’s about raising children, helping to improve their lives, helping them become members of their community, teaching them how to be a good friend. It’s also about support for teachers and parents and students fostering behaviors that encourage a learning environment at home and at school. Our students are growing up in world that is very different from the one many of us grew up in. Technology is advancing at an almost scary rate. Our kids are not always given the chance to just be kids. We test them over and over to measure their achievement until we don’t have enough time to spend teaching them. Let us all work together to help our students achieve the education each one needs to fulfill their own dreams.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

I agree with the premise of the Davis Bacon Act that wages for construction workers on federally funded or partially federally funded projects should at a minimum be comparable to the salaries of similar workers in the communities where the projects are to be completed. But I wouldn’t want workers’ salaries go down by a lot in poorer rural areas of the state where the prevailing wage might be a lot lower. Some Individual states have set their own minimum threshold amount of project value where the Act is applicable, as opposed to the $2000.00 minimum threshold enacted in the original Davis Bacon Act. I’m not sure why states have done this, but I do believe people should be able to make a living wage as well as have compensation for the extra training and certifications they have to improve their skills. I also believe in supporting our local businesses as much as possible.

9. How should the BPS Strategic Plan address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

I think the Strategic Plan should seriously look at District Administration costs, perhaps considering additional training for staff to more competently fulfill their job responsibilities, as well as possible consolidation and streamlining of jobs. Decreasing student population means less government funding, and monies need to be spent wisely to benefit the students.

10. As a BPS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

I welcome the business community members’ input into how our students are doing in the job place. I think they can give the Board valuable input into where they see the jobs will be in the future and what skills our students will need to fulfill those job requirements, as well as how well current students are faring in their jobs. Personally I support our local businesses, and many of them do employ our local students.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

N/A

Cuba Independent Schools

District 1

Vivian Keetso (incumbent) 

505-288-8407

 

Vivian did not respond to our attempts to contact her.

District 4

Dianna Maestas-Lovato (incumbent) 

505-208-9475

 

Dianna did not respond to our attempts to contact her.

Julian Sanchez 

505-249-7815

 

Julian did not respond to our attempts to contact him.

District 5

James Casaus 

505-486-3990 | driller9bird@gmail.com

 

1. What CIS district are you running for?

District 5

2. As a School Board member, what will be your top priority?

More opportunities for the student’s and preparing them for post high school

3. When voting on a CIS policy, what do you think is the most important thing to consider?

Well being of the students

4. What experience do you have in creating budgets and what will you prioritize in the CIS budget?

My managers experience and experience with my own businesses

5. Do you feel that the CIS Superintendent’s compensation should be tied to student outcomes? Please explain your position.

Yes. The focus and priorities are always the students

6. What factors should play into a decision on closing a school?

Student numbers staff numbers community economy

7. Should teachers be held accountable for students’ academic achievement or lack thereof? Why or why not?

Yes and no some students learn in different ways and some require special needs. If tools and staff are equally available to all students the academic achievements for all students will increase.

8. Please provide your position regarding the Little Davis Bacon Act.

Pay accordingly

9. How should the CIS Board address the statewide trend of a decreasing student population?

No comment

10. As a CIS Board member, please explain your position in regards to involving business community members in advising how best to prepare students for future careers.

Community members should be invited to career day.

11. Please provide details of any arrest record you may have.

None

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