State education secretary visits Floyd schools for New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Kurt Steinhaus, visits to schools in Elida and Floyd on Thursday marked a bit of a return to home, as both school districts are part of Roosevelt County, where Steinhaus was born and earned his bachelor’s degree.
Indeed, the superintendent stated that while touring Floyd Schools’ elementary classrooms School building on Thursday together with superintendent Damon Terry, his mother-in-law Pat Glasscock once taught in the Floyd School.
Steinhaus was born in Portales and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Eastern New Mexico University.
Steinhaus was at Floyd Schools as the third stop on a tour of the eastern New Mexico schools that began on Wednesday with visits to Fort Sumner Schools. Fort Sumner.
On Thursday, Steinhaus stayed in Roosevelt County. Before going to Floyd Schools, he paid an appearance at Elida Schools, where he lunched with students of high school before visiting elementary and junior high schools along with superintendent Tandem Delk, and principal Waverly Criswell.
When Steinhaus and Terry visited the Floyd School’s classrooms this week, they saw no evidence of the resentment that was brewing last year which led to the Floyd School’s Board of Education being exiled by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
The suspension was a result of the Floyd board’s decision not to make wearing masks in schools obligatory, as the PED had instructed, even though COVID-19 was in full swing. The Floyd board decided on the 26th of July 2021 that it would make the wearing of masks and other COVID-19 protocols voluntary.
In the following months, PED secretary Ryan Stewart in August 2021 followed through on his promise to remove the Floyd board, but he kept Terry as superintendent.
The suspension was lifted at the beginning of the year. the suspension was lifted after all five members that had been suspended were replaced during an election. The remaining two board members who were suspended have resigned, Terry said.
The members of the board who had been dismissed were later reinstated as board members, Terry said after the suspension had ended.
Steinhaus was appointed Secretary of Education following Stewart was forced to resign in August due to health concerns for his family.
In the morning, Steinhaus Terry and Steinhaus Terry agreed that the issue was water under the bridge. Both stated they were looking to the future, and in Steinhaus his phrases, “to do what’s best for the kids.”
They both said they were happy to begin the school year that saw students in their classrooms, after two school years that had been shattered by the pressures of remote learning and mask mandates.
Terry spoke about how school buses have provided homework and assignments in remote learning and meals normally offered in the classroom.
The tour was continuing on Thursday, Terry announced that Floyd Schools were fully staffed by teachers for the 2022-2023 school term.
Terry Steinhaus and Steinhaus have also discussed how they’d announce the banner at a Watermelon Welcome event Thursday evening to recognize Floyd Schools for gains achieved in the primary grades by using Istation. Istation program, monitors student progress and provides lessons that are designed to accommodate and enhance students’ learning levels.
Steinhaus as well as Terry also discussed the district’s hesitation to ask for a brand new building despite the age of their existing building.
Due to Floyd his small membership, Terry said, a replacement structure would be approximately 50% smaller than the present structure.
Terry who has been employed at the Floyd School for 21 years and has fond memories of having classes as a kid at one of the rooms Steinhaus and Steinhaus were in on the trip.
Terry stated that Floyd High School graduated only five seniors in May. The school’s student body is extremely small, however, Terry reported that the district has seen growth in middle school as well as elementary students.
Floyd Schools’ enrollment in the school year 2021-2022 was 225 students. Of those 47 were at high school, as per PED data.
Terry Steinhaus and Terry Steinhaus also talked about school bus rides. A third-grader told Steinhaus that his bus trip took just 24 minutes one way.
Terry explained that children from kindergarten through high school will ride on the same buses. Terry has said he’ll act as a substitute driver if needed, as Terry holds the CDL driver’s license.
“In a small district,” Terry stated, “everybody does a little of everything.”
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