Neil Terhune

Neil Terhune nterhune@ratonschools.org

(Site Administrator)
Superintendent
Raton Public Schools
Ph: 575-445-9111
Mobile: 505-860-2056

Biography

Educator for twenty years and a retired military officer. A superintendent for 12 years and a principal for five years. Originally from Farmington, NM.

FALL 2014 Update-11/4/2014

                                    
               
 
                                                                 
 
    With the failure of the school bond the district must now make hard choices associated with consolidating our schools into our current buildings. There is also a need for the school board to consider passing an Education Technology Bond in order to maintain and update technology infrastructure that would have been part of a new school. While we are at it, the district needs for hardware and software should be addressed. Administrators are bringing tech needs data to our scheduled A Team meeting on Wednesday. We are polling teachers and other staff on the tech priorities as it relates to our Ed Tech Bond. 
 
It may be that the board will want to try another run at a bond election first; but we should look at options&.advantages, disadvantages etc. Closely associated with the consolidation discussion are any other money saving changes such as going to a 4-day week, and how we are supported by contracts such as Transportation, Technology and so on. 
  School Stuff :
Parent- Teachers Conferences have about the same attendance. RMS did better than last year.
 
I am getting positive reports on the use of our Professional Learning Community (PLC) time. I am also seeing progress in establishing norms and a solid effort at unpacking NM Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS).
 
There are those that would argue that our 7th hour athletic period is not used as wisely as it should be, but I believe it is markedly improved over last year.
 
Our administrators and teacher leaders spent all day Thursday at HPREC in NMCCSS/PLC training.
 
The RHS is applying for "Exemplary School" status. There are only10 slots state-wide but we feel we have a good chance based on our Demographics, Vocational Programs/grants, Geographic representation and steady improvement over time.  The winners will be given special recognition by the Federal Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in ABQ next June. The RHS was graded as a "D" in 2010-2011, a "C" in 2011-2012, a "B" in 2012-2013, and a "B" again in 2013-2104. This is exemplary considering the At-Risk population that Raton has. We have the potential of becoming an "A".    J