Cloudcroft ponders drastic school cuts

Cloudcroft ponders drastic school cuts

There are 18 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from May 6, 2011, titled Cloudcroft ponders drastic school cuts. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

A reduction equal to almost 10 percent of the work force, as well as other cuts, were all on the table during Thursday's special meeting of the Cloudcroft school board.

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WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#1 May 6, 2011
Cut administrators first.
second that

Mayhill, NM

#2 May 6, 2011
Here, here!! to Robin Cook's statement!

Cut the top and keep the teachers.
MountainBob

Cloudcroft, NM

#3 May 6, 2011
The article talked about the amount of teachers that would be affected but my question is how many administrators/administrative staff are there and to what extent are they being affected? We have some great teachers and staff it is sad to see any of them leaving.
Hunter

Sacramento, CA

#4 May 6, 2011
This is a very small school district. The super makes 102K / yr. HE HAS AN ASSISTANT!!! She makes almost 90K/yr!!! They both need to resign. That would save four teachers. Why the hell do we need an assistant superintendent? This is crazy. School board meeting monday night. Be there and run these two "administrators" out of town!!
Mary

United States

#5 May 6, 2011
Hunter, I agree with you. If you ask most residents in Cloudcroft, they have the same concern. I don't understand why this is not being brought up in the school board meetings. The super makes way too much for the size of the school district/enrollment and the need for an assistant or "second super" is beyond me! These hard working teachers are losing out and most importantly, the reason we are all concerned about this.....the kids are going to lose out!!! The cuts to staff have already stretched the teachers so thin. Cuts need to start at the top down!!!
Average Joe

Montgomery, AL

#6 May 6, 2011
This sort of thing is unfortunatly happening all over the country, cut the budget they get rid of teachers first. I personnaly would think we would want smarter kids to lead us to the future but instead the powers that be would rather "dumb down" the kids for self preservation. What a sad world we live in
reason

Ivins, UT

#7 May 6, 2011
Insted of letting people go. Why not reduce all salaries accross the board. And to allow the lesser paid to feel good about it. Have the higher paid people in the system take a bigger hit??? I keep hearing from the people who work there that it is a privelege to work there, well prove it give back a little. I know ive taken a hit in my salary to keep my job. why cant they?

Since: Oct 08

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#8 May 6, 2011
This just proves...eventually you run out of other peoples money!
Sick of Handcock

Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 6, 2011
Hunter says it all!! I completely agree!!! Both the Sup. and his VERY unneeded Assis. should both leave. CC schools have never been worse, and it all started when Handcock joined the ranks. Get over yourself and move back to TX Handcock. Leave the teachers alone that have worked thier bu**s off for years before you ever showed up. You are useless and self absorbed!
Food Snob

Cloudcroft, NM

#10 May 6, 2011
They might want to look at why their enrollment is down. I know of three families that have moved their kids down the hill so that they can get a better education. Cloudcroft schools hasn't been a gem in the state in a long time.

On another note, it is m understanding that the Asst. Superintendent actually filled the vacant Federal Programs manager position. All she asked for was the Asst. Super title and no raise.
NMIlluminati

El Paso, TX

#11 May 6, 2011
Another question that should be asked is why all the parents keep pulling their kids from this school to homeschool them? Almost half of last years 6th grade class was lost in this manner. What are the conditions that are driving these folks away?
Just Sayin

Albuquerque, NM

#12 May 6, 2011
Seniors will continue to graduate in 8th grade.
Toy Story

Alamogordo, NM

#13 May 6, 2011
If all the schools in Otero County consolidated into one school district, there would not be a need for so many superintendants and other administrative staff.
WARRIOR

Washington, DC

#14 May 7, 2011
Toy Story wrote:
If all the schools in Otero County consolidated into one school district, there would not be a need for so many superintendants and other administrative staff.
What about the infrastructure and technology needed to house and teach all of them? Where do you come up with that money!
Elk

Cloudcroft, NM

#15 May 7, 2011
The school has been run into the ground by the board and the administration. Enrollment will continue to go down if things do not change. A bad school district has a very negative effect on the real estate market. This issue effects everyone in the community. It is time to take to fix this mess. They need one good superintendent and one good principle.
2cool4school

Albuquerque, NM

#16 May 7, 2011
Hunter wrote:
This is a very small school district. The super makes 102K / yr. HE HAS AN ASSISTANT!!! She makes almost 90K/yr!!! They both need to resign. That would save four teachers. Why the hell do we need an assistant superintendent? This is crazy. School board meeting monday night. Be there and run these two "administrators" out of town!!
You are so smert, just like me. OOOps, this is me.
moutainmaddness

Ivins, UT

#17 May 10, 2011
I totaly Agree!
this is what I just posted in the 4 day a week thread.
"I Agree! One thing I am happy about is that they are looking to the future noticing that we are going to end up in a hole if they don’t make changes. Not like other schools in the county who end the year begging for money and walk freely in to the next knowing they will be in deficit.
And yes I agree that we should look at ALL the salaries for everyone who works in the school district. Administrators tend not to look at their own salaries when making budget cuts. I keep hearing people saying how great it is to work at Cloudcroft schools. Well maybe now is the time to pay it back a little with an across the board salary cut. Can we get some of the local retirees to volunteer in the schools? I know there a few retired teachers/engineers/astronomers /ect….. With BS/MS/PHDs’ in these hills."
reason wrote:
Insted of letting people go. Why not reduce all salaries accross the board. And to allow the lesser paid to feel good about it. Have the higher paid people in the system take a bigger hit??? I keep hearing from the people who work there that it is a privelege to work there, well prove it give back a little. I know ive taken a hit in my salary to keep my job. why cant they?
moutainmaddness

Ivins, UT

#18 May 10, 2011
A friend of mine has done this… And …. Its Because of a mostly religious based thought. They believe that they can give their child a better education and values than that are being taught in the schools. Most of the churches are leading people to believe that the Govt. is pushing a secular agenda(I won’t debate this). What they don’t know is they can get involved and drive the school board to an equal playing ground. The main problem is people think they cant fix anything in the way Govt. or School are being run. All they see is the battle of hot head Dem vs. Rep yelling at each other and they want no part in it.
NMIlluminati wrote:
Another question that should be asked is why all the parents keep pulling their kids from this school to homeschool them? Almost half of last years 6th grade class was lost in this manner. What are the conditions that are driving these folks away?

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