The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education commended one of the district’s outstanding teachers and approved saving some $4,000 annually on the New Mexico School Boards Association’s “policy service” in a brief, 17-minute session Jan. 14.

African American students throughout Sandoval County are facing many challenges from poverty to lack of resources, according to research presented by the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs at a county commission meeting in December.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education re-numbered its list of capital outlay priorities for the upcoming state legislature, including $1.5 million for gunshot detection in all 10 elementaries and the district’s four middle schools.

Even before Cleveland High School gained its name, Scott Affentranger was named as its first — and, so far, only — principal.

In her 25th year as the only superintendent Rio Rancho Public Schools has known, Sue Cleveland was being evaluated — a new mid-year evaluation — Saturday morning in a special session of the RRPS Board of Education.

Tonna Burgos, Rio Rancho Public Schools executive director for student services, recently made the school board aware of the need for more counselors in the schools.

If you’re seeking someone who thoroughly enjoys her job, head straight to the second-floor office of counselor Guadalupe Gallegos at Cleveland High School.

The high number of mental-health problems and an insufficient number counselors and social workers in Rio Rancho schools are adding up to a disturbing dilemma for the district, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Educating learned last week.

Did you realize, Clementina “Clemy” Garza told a small gathering at a Rio Rancho McDonald’s last Thursday, that each potential high school dropout turned into a high school graduate results in a $1 million difference for the community?

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education took care of its short agenda Monday evening in just 24 minutes, and then spent the next half-hour listening to a PowerPoint presentation by UNM Sandoval Regional Center CEO and President Jamie Silva-Steele.

A planned second building for the University of New Mexico campus in Rio Rancho would focus on joint replacement, wound care and rehabilitation, the leader of the university’s City of Vision efforts told the city governing body.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education has yet to approve a policy for arming security guards at its schools — that could take place in the next few months — but it has learned the results of a survey of more than 3,300 respondents.

Attorneys from the Thomas More Society sent a demand letter to administrators at Rio Rancho Middle School on Tuesday, charging the school’s denial of a student pro-life group is unconstitutional and must be reversed.

Departing Puesta del Sol Principal Bryan Garcia goes through what he termed a “fifth-grade wave” after students based him farewell — and he had told them to follow their dreams and keep sight of their goals. (Dana Petro replaced Garcia.)

There was a time, Gov. Susana Martinez recalled, when she was in the early days of her law career, using her computer as a paperweight — worried she might hit the wrong key and delete important information.

The controversial Rail Runner Express doesn’t make any stops in Rio Rancho, but the City of Vision has become a regular stop for the New Mexico True “Straight A Express” of the state’s Public Education Department.

Amid countless hugs, handshakes and high-fives, Bryan Garcia said goodbye to Puesta del Sol Elementary Thursday afternoon, where he had served as principal for the last 11 years.

Overall, it was hard to gauge a consensus of whether arming security guards in Rio Rancho schools was a good idea or bad idea, as applause followed every comment, pro or con, during a two-hour open forum Thursday evening in the Rio Rancho Public Schools district offices.

Five days before its self-imposed deadline to start the process of getting the new Joe Harris Elementary built and open in time for the 2020-21 school year, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday evening to finalize the site for the $24.5 million school.

For the first time in recent memory, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education met with the Rio Rancho Governing Body in a 75-minute workshop session last Wednesday to discuss development in Unit 10.

Changes to the dress code got a reprieve Monday evening during the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education’s two-hour meeting, as board members didn’t believe the current Policy 1016 (formerly 1017) was ready to go.

The Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education probably didn’t need any validation of Rio Rancho High School’s championship choir, but board members heard an impromptu concert during their meeting last Monday evening.

Long before last month’s horrific school shooting in Florida and the recent social-media shooting threat leveled at Rio Rancho High School, the wheels were spinning in the City of Vision on how to make schools even safer than they have been.

By a four-to-one verdict, voters in the Rio Rancho Public Schools district overwhelmingly approved the two-mill levy question in Tuesday’s election, with results including early- and absentee-voting.

As the 2017-18 school year began for more than 50 million U.S. students, many districts worried how they would get children to school.

Expecting to level the playing field and make “equal opportunity” mean something when it comes to attending college, the New Mexico Public Education Department, in partnership with Gov. Susana Martinez, has waived $90 of the $93 fee for high school students from low-income families to take A…

There was no proverbial million-dollar question for the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education at its first meeting of 2018 last Monday evening, but there was a million-dollar answer.