School board looks at recording meetings

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At the Socorro Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday night, in new business, board members discussed the topic of recording school board meetings for keeping track of minutes. The idea is to record the school board meetings for minutes and dialogue, and once the official minutes are approved, the recording will be destroyed.

"It's OK to record the board meeting, and to use that to generate the minutes," Superintendent Randall Earwood said. "However, once the board meeting minutes are approved, it was recommended at some point that the recordings be destroyed."

School board member Pauline Jaramillo said it is important to include more dialogue with the minutes because there is a lot that is discussed in the meetings. Board President Ann Shiells said the recording should be used by the person who is taking minutes in case he or she missed some information, to double check information. The official record of the meeting is the minutes after they are approved and the recording is destroyed. Earwood said they would try recording the meetings and see how it works out to generate official minutes.

In old business, each school board member nominated five members of the community for the New Mexico School Boards Association Student Achievement award, and Socorro High School student Dezirae Armijo was chosen. The recipient has to have a role in student achievement at the local level, and it can be any staff member, parent, community member, student, or school or community volunteer.

Principals from Socorro and San Antonio schools presented updates to the superintendent and board members about their schools. Socorro High School Principal Jennifer Molina gave an update about a new program that Socorro High School seniors will be participating in from March 25 through March 28. District Attorney Clint Wellborn said the program is R.E.S.P.E.C.T, which stands for Real-life Education for Self Protection Empowering College-bound Teens. It is a program with different sessions for seniors and was started eight years ago by employee Janice Barela from Estancia. It is a three-day self-defense program. The program is interactive and hands-on and students are learning about dangerous situations to stay out of.

"We are trying to make kids aware that they are going to be adults when they are out of school, and they are going to make decisions that can affect the rest of their lives," Wellborn said.

Principal Susan Comiskey reported for Midway and Zimmerly elementary schools. At Midway, the emergency prepared team will visit Feb. 5 for an annual presentation. She said their goal is to train students and offer information to families about preparation for flash floods and potential dangers.