Contracts renewed

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Socorro Consolidated Schools board members renewed Randall Earwood’s contract as superintendent at the Dec. 17, 2012, board meeting. The original one-year contract has been extended through June 2015.

Earwood said he feels he has strengthened relationships with the city of Socorro and the county. He said student success depends on the community working together, and being an educator today is a stressful and demanding job.

As superintendent, Earwood will work hard to provide more technology resources for students to help them develop as productive citizens. He would like to reduce the stress educators feel, and will continue to identify and remove barriers that hinder teachers doing what they do best, and that is teaching.

“I love working with people, and I love working with the kids and coming to work every day knowing that I can make a positive difference in their lives,” Earwood said.

Earwood said the community support for Socorro schools is strong, and without the community the school district wouldn’t be able to accomplish the things that benefit the students. Earwood loves the school district and looks forward to a long relationship with the community and Socorro schools.

In Magdalena for eight years, Mike Chambers continues to hold the title of superintendent for Magdalena Schools. He said he feels he and the school board members make great strides to look at data to improve instruction. Chambers said student achievement has gone up, and all facilities and the grounds have improved in time. Chambers said in Magdalena, there is a lot of community support and he has seen high parental satisfaction from the evidence of surveys. Surveys get sent out in the spring and have questions about satisfaction in the schools, and there is always an 80 to 85 percent approval rating, he said.

“I think they (parents) continue to be supportive of our programs,” Chambers said. “It is a good sign and it is indicative of what’s going on.”

Loosing student enrollment, which impacts funding, and loss of revenue from the state from over the last few years cause Chambers concern. Chambers said with the decline in funds he has to decide which programs to cut and which ones to preserve. Regardless of these changes and reductions, as superintendent he said he has to continue to move forward. Budget decisions are based on prioritizing the needs most important for the students. Chambers said he will continue to work with teachers on improving the school learning environment for the students “because it is all about them,” he said.

“I like being the superintendent,” Chambers said. “We have a small and supportive community, but it has its pros and its cons. We continue to improve our education for our students so they have opportunities in the workforce and the opportunity to attend college.”

Chambers said the board is very supportive of his efforts. He sees his position as a positive working relationship with the board, which is supportive of the programs that he is trying to keep for the students. He is not leaving Magdalena at this time.