May 2012 Column

  May is the time for celebration and in trepidations.  Seniors are ready to conquer the world and many parents face the reality that their children will soon be leaving.  I am asked time after time how I enjoy my summers off.  Although summer time work for schools is different without students, it is a time we review the past and make plans for the future. Moving into Heizer Middle School is one facet of the plan.  We also have every sixth grade teacher in the eleven elementary schools which must move into one of three middle schools. Next comes the training for Common Core State Standards.  And finally is the hiring of new staff to meet the growing needs of our increased student population.  When all this seems to carry a burden beyond belief, I am reminded of a comment a dear friend (Judy Lambert) used to tell me, “No matter what happens the children will show up in August and we will teach them.” 

 The recent banquets held annually in May remind me how wealthy Hobbs is in humanity.  The Donely Foundation recognized Wilma Brooks (Harold Murphy Alternative School) and Wendy Haggerton (Mills Elementary) with outstanding teaching awards.
Later in May, the Veteto Foundation recognized Teri Price (Houston Junior High), Brenda Watkins (Booker T. Washington Elementary), Marcia Reber (Stone Elementary), Denise Sims (Hobbs High School) and DianaRoper (Freshman High School). Although both groups received monetary rewards, it was the recognition I was most proud of. In a time when education takes a beating, it is nice to know that teachers are appreciated for their tireless work.

It’s common knowledge that Hobbs Municipal Schools is at or near the bottom in per pupil funding. But, I believe we are at or near the top when it comes to community support. Parents and community members work diligently raising funds to support programs for our children. Most schools have parent volunteer programs and all secondary schools generate funds for their extracurricular activities. In 2012-13 we will have another avenue for funding if you so choose.  The Eagle Trust Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization created to support every child at Hobbs Municipal Schools.  Because of its non-profit status all donations are tax deductible.  A person may even designate which program they wish to be the beneficiary of their donation. The Eagle Trust Foundation has no intention of taking funds from the established activity funds, but wishes to serve as another avenue as a one stop shop.  Patrons or businesses who would like to write one check in support Hobbs Municipal schools may contact TJ Parks at Hobbs Municipal Schools or Gary Beal with Daniels Insurance.

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