Neil Terhune

Neil Terhune

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


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

Spring 2014 Update

Spring 2014 Update
Our emphasis for February  and March has been spent in training district leaders and staff in the implementation of New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) and the use of Professional Development 360 (PD360). Some of the leader preparation took place at HPREC and some at RMS.  By August we 1) expect our PLC Teams to be re-familiarized with the basic principles, 2) Establish norms for the conduct of each PLC, 3) use a common agenda with focus on NMCCSS and 4) establish a common PLC vocabulary.  The training that the district conducts between now and the end of the year is to get us to that point.
We are nearing completion of our summative testing (SBA). The district opted to take a take a major step into the 21st Century by opting for Computer-Based Testing (CBT) this spring. The only exception was our Special Needs students. Despite much apprehension it appears to be working well. The data from our NM Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) should have a quicker turn around for our staff and students.
Mr. Frank Archuleta (General Contractor) is working on the approval of a building permit to start our Football Stadium structural reinforcement project. Mr. David Little of Alpha Design will be reviewing  the potential for stadium locker room renovations in April. The initial phase of the tennis court project is completed.  We are still working on the landscaping specs for the RHS front area.  The district has submitted  the initial application for State funding of our proposed Elementary School Campus. We have also submitted a grant application that if approved will assist in the remodeling of the RMS roof.  The District Marquee is up and running.
A DOL Audit was completed in early March. The auditor found the district in compliance with the intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act and under a conditional volunteer status. We have been told that we should document  the "Volunteer" status of our "Non-Exempt" employees. The district was also told that our support staff employees could continues to serve as volunteer coaches without time and a half compensation under certain conditions.
There will need to be some adjustments made to policy and procedure.  There will also need to be an understanding of the operational, legal and supervisory issues that will occur when using volunteer coaches as opposed to our traditional use of coaches. There is also another potential option being considered.
Congratulations go out to our Coed Cheer Team who place 2nd in the state championships this weekend. Our Girl's Dance Team performed exceptionally well in a difficult choreography. The Young Marines graduated another class of future leaders. All other spring sports are well under way and we wish them success.
Spring Break is April 7-11 We wish everyone to be safe and enjoy a well-earned holiday.     :-)