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.

SUMMER 2014 Update


  Summer Update 2014
End of Year activities were successful. All of our students did well at spring sports. The Tiger Moms led by Vicki Walton is commended for sponsoring and execution of a very well attended Athletic Awards Ceremony. The RHS Academic Awards ceremony recognized over 200 students. The sum total scholarship awards exceeded $831,000. Kudos goes to Lynette Simpson, our RHS Counselor. The district also commends Dr. Fredell for his handling of the RHS graduation ceremony. He was recently back from significant medical issues and covered for the Superintendents responsibilities during his bereavement leave. The district will be losing an excellent principal with his departure. Mr. Duncan Ware from the Greely Alaska area will be his replacement starting July 28th. He was born in Amarillo, served in Floyd NM and has family in Hobbs NM. He was a unanimous choice by the District Selection Committee. He is exceptionally qualified, experienced and will serve our district well.
Summer projects include stadium locker rooms and the football team has volunteered to do a paint makeover over the bleacher side. We have a number of our usual summer maintenance projects in our schools. We are not prioritizing any projects for the Elementary Schools until we have a decision from the state and our local community on the consolidation of our Elementary Schools. Safety issues and critical repair in these schools will of course be addressed. Summer school in each building is scheduled. See the website for details. The transition from JMAC to Power School is a major project as well. Power School is a School Information System which is more suited to our needs. The data entry is being completed over the summer and deployment planned for the start of the School Year.
Congratulations to our 79 RHS 2014 Graduates and all of our 8th graders who move on to Freshman Academy. Our Elementary students performed exceptionally well at the end of year music performances. We enjoyed a patriotic theme and all were very heartwarming. Our very youngest Young Marines were in uniform and showcasing our countrys colors. Ms. Fortier, Ms. Trice and Ms. Martinez worked very hard in a short time with our music programs. Once again Kearnys interface with the National Dance Institute (NDI) resulted in a popular rendition for staff and parents.
Our district is currently in the process of informing and soliciting community input as it goes forward with planning for a potential elementary school consolidation. Our presentation to the Public School Capital Outlay Council on June 25, 2014 in Santa Fe went very well. The council asked the Superintendent to convey to our community that they have wanted to build schools for us for some time. They acknowledged the challenge of passing a local bond and offered encouragement.
The district budget has been approved by the NMPED and by our school Board.
To all of our school staff, parents and students&have a safe and enjoyable summer. We will see you in a couple months.  J