By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday October 9, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour.

Hurley Elementary welcomed the Board and public to its library where staff members gave a presentation on the new program they implemented to increase instruction time. Since the beginning of the school year the faculty and staff have been introducing pieces of a program that teaches positive interaction. Students have responded well and have begun to recognize positive behaviors in others.

During the discussion of unfinished business, the Board received the updated job description for the Director of Special Education. At the next meeting it will be reviewed. Superintendent Robert Mendoza talked at length about the revision and review of the policy for the use of facilities throughout the school district. Recommendations were to limit the usage of the facilities by charging a nominal fee, mostly for custodial support. This helps offset administrative and utility costs. Gilbert Guadiana asked if there have been any issues with damages. Mendoza said custodial situations are the most common.

Most items under administration were tabled until next month as Mendoza wanted to meet with the individuals directly. This included the use of several facilities.

Before closing Mendoza gave his report, reminding everyone of the Public Education Department visit on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Fine Arts building at Cobre High School. He also noted the upcoming fundraisers. Guadiana asked if the parties had sufficient permission under the use of facilities, to which Mendoza explained the internal requests were handled differently from those from the public.

During the public input section a concerned parent asked the board to help understand a situation between the parents and a principal. Frank Cordova explained that appealing to the board is the first step in the process and they will need to discuss it in closed session as a public outcry will not help the board make choices.

The signing of the paperwork for the bond issue will happen at the next meeting, which will take place Monday, September 23, 2017.

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