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By Debbie Israel


March 7, 2017


March 10, 2017

Aztec School Board members Ryan Lane, Jimmy Dusenbery, Wayne Ritter and Roger Collins, along with Supt. Kirk Carpenter, present their gifts to outgoing board member Mitch Waggoner

The Aztec School Board said their heartfelt "see you laters" to outgoing member Mitch Waggoner. Waggoner has been on the board for close to 19 years, and has served as president and vice president. Board President Wayne Ritter said, "We don't say goodbye, because we know we'll see you again." The story goes that Waggoner was in a convenience store very early in the morning, when he was approached by Joe Price, then board presdient, who told him he needed to be on the board, and the rest is history! Waggoner was presented with a plaque and a pocket knife as departing gifts from the remaining board members.

Board members who were elected on Feb. 7 (both ran unopposed), were sworn in by Aztec Municipal Judge Carlton Gray. Jimmy Dusenbery was re-elected and will be serving his second term, and Fran Dobey was elected to take the place of Waggoner.

The board also elects new officers every two years, and the results of the elections are: Wayne Ritter will continue as president of the board; Roger Collins will serve as vice-president; and Jimmy Dusenbery will hold the secretary position.

Fund raisers approved by the board included: McCoy kindergarteners, selling Papa Murphy cards to raise money to ride the Durango/Silverton train; AHS JROTC asking for donations at Safeway to help raise money to travel to Santa Fe and Angel Fire; AHS Biology class selling earbuds to raise funds to travel to the University of Arizona Biosphere; and the AHS Playmakers selling Krispy Kreme Donuts for funds to help build their set for the "Little Shop of Horrors."

Travel was approved for McCoy second graders to go to the Albuquerque Zoo; McCoy Kindergartners to ride the train in Durango; Park Avenue fifth graders to go to Chaco Canyon; the AHS Biology to the University of Arizona Biosphere; AHS "Learns 111" class to ride the train in Durango; and members of the AHS Key Club to attend leadership training in Lakewood, Colorado.

School board members also authorized a new contract for natural gas for the schools because the previous provider, BP, chose to withdraw their services. Centerpoint Energy will be the new supplier, and according to Finance Director Gary Martinez, the new contract will save the schools approximately $14,000 per year.


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