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The Discussion Continues on School Consolidation

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

 

The discussion continued tonight at the Krivokapich Media Center at Raton High School this time with most of the school board present to hear concerns about the school consolidation issue from the 15 members of the general public and 35 school staff and faculty in attendance.

The recurring theme that keeps coming up in the discussion is the combining of the different age groups. The one option being looked at is moving the 7th and 8th grades to the high school, which most people disagree with.

The other theme that keeps coming up is that the decision is being made too quickly. A couple of the comments suggested that a blue ribbon committee be created to help study the possibilities and help with the decision.

As Dr. Terhune has said numerous times the best solution was the new consolidated school building but once again the bond issue failed to pass. This school enrollment at the 40-day mark for the school district is 975 students. That is down from well over 1000 in years past.

A couple of comments indicated that if the board goes through with this in one form or another they will take their kids to another school. In Clayton the school system has K-4th at Alvis School with 5th and 6th at Kiser and 7th and 8th at the Junior High with 9-12 at the high school. In Des Moines the entire school is in one building however the elementary is in one wing while the other grades are in another wing. The situation is similar in Maxwell and Springer moved their 7th and 8th grade from the middle school elementary school campus to the high school last year. Consolidation is a common theme in all the schools in the area simply based on enrollment.

Tiny Sanchez was present again at the meeting and he told the board that he was working on a couple of angles and would have more information at the next meeting. He added too that the new construction codes have defined the life expectancy of a new commercial building at 40 years. With that in mind all the schools have met their life expectancy and could be considered for replacement.

The board knows they have their work cut out for them as board member Beaver Segotta indicated we might not be ready for a decision next week. There have been several ideas brought up that would take time to analyze and consider.

The school board will meet again on December 8th for to consider making a decision on the school consolidation issue.

RMS principal Kristie Medina noted in her plan for RMS that they have three classrooms unused at this time, those marked in yellow, and they would be used for the third grade if those students were moved up there.

RMS principal Kristie Medina noted in her plan for RMS that they have three classrooms unused at this time, those marked in yellow, and they would be used for the third grade if those students were moved up there.


RHS principal Duncan Ware explained to the crowd the plan for the high school should that option be chosen

RHS principal Duncan Ware explained to the crowd the plan for the high school should that option be chosen


Edward (Tiny) Sanchez told the school board he would have some options for the board next week that they could consider.

Edward (Tiny) Sanchez told the school board he would have some options for the board next week that they could consider.


The Raton Public School Board of Education, minus board member Ted Kamp, listens to speakers Monday evening at the special meeting.

The Raton Public School Board of Education, minus board member Ted Kamp, listens to speakers Monday evening at the special meeting.

In Loving Memory of Rena Lou Parman

Rena Lou Parman, age 81, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Amistad United Methodist Church in Amistad, New Mexico with Lynn Clay officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. 

Rena Lou (Ricketson) Parman was born on November 24, 1933 in Amistad, New Mexico to Homer Ricketson and Eunice Norma (Steele) Ricketson. A lifelong resident of the Amistad area, Rena married Charles Parman on August 26, 1951 at her parents home in Amistad. They lived in the Amistad area all of their lives and Rena was very involved in the Amistad United Methodist Church and taught Bible School for many years. She was also a member of the New Mexico Study Club and together with Charles drove a school bus for many years. They loved to play trey pitch with all of their friends in the Amistad and Nara Visa area. In addition to her parents, Rena was preceded in death by two brothers; David Ricketson and Homer Ricketson, Jr. and by a daughter; Fay Fields. 

SURVIVORS: 

HUSBAND: Charles Parman of Nara Visa, New Mexico. 

1 DAUGHTER: Mary Osborn and her husband Dan of Logan, New Mexico. 

1 SON: Walter Parman and his wife Dinkie of Channing, Texas. 

1 SON-IN-LAW: Bill Fields of Texline, Texas 

7 GRANDCHILDREN: Justin Osborn and his wife Lena of Logan, New Mexico, Todd Osborn and his wife Bonnie of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Tanner Osborn and his wife Hailee of Edgewood, New Mexico, Amanda Greene and her husband Shane, Rebecca Greene and her husband Trevor and David Fields all of Texline, Texas and Danae Parman of Channing, Texas. 

6 Great-Grandchildren 

2 BROTHERS: Tommy Ricketson and his wife Sue of Amistad, New Mexico and Allan Ricketson and his wife Cheryl of Dalhart, Texas. 

4 SISTERS: Irma Jeane Krahn and her husband Carol of Dalhart, Texas, Jo Ann Nials and her husband Ray of Tucumcari, New Mexico, Eunice Faye Schmidt and her husband Tommy of Cordell, Oklahoma and Marilyn Joyce Hemphill and her husband Jackie of Amarillo, Texas. 

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Rena’s memory to the Amistad United Methodist Church or to The Little House on The Prairie, both use the same address; P. O. Box 325, Amistad, New Mexico 88410.

In Loving Memory of Barbara Lucile Stevens

Barbara Lucile Stevens, age 78 of Raton, NM, passed Sunday November 23, 2014 in Raton.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Edna Lark, brother Donald Lark and Sister Betty Reid.

Barbara worked early on in her years at Reno’s Café and then at the Colt restaurant. In 1994 she owned Hooter Browns restaurant until her retirement in 2004. Many of you will remember her for her green chili fries. Barbara loved spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren. She will be missed be her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her son Glen Stevens and wife Jennifer, and their sons Dustin and Cameron Stevens of Raton, Daughter, Hope Neurauter and husband Stanley and their daughter Ashley and son Tyler Neurauter of Raton, Sister-in-law Vivian Lark of Raton and her son James Lark and wife Gianetta of Sam Antonio, NM, nephews Jim Reid and wife Debbie of Raton, Pete Reid and wife Kathy of Raton and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Services will be Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 9:30 A.M. at the United Methodist Church, burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements and celebration of Love for Barbara Lucile Stevens are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Anna Marie Bisconti

Anna Marie Bisconti, age 55, of Raton, NM, passed away Sunday November 23, 2014 in Raton. She was born June 9, 1959 in Raton, NM the daughter of Joe and Martha Medina. 

Anna is the youngest of five children, she worked for the Raton Public Schools for many years. She loved spending time with her family, cooking, and attending concerts. She was a devoted wife for over thirty four years and an amazing mother, she brightened up a room when she walked through the door. Anna always put others before herself. She was admired for her strength and positive attitude for life. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Anna is survived by her husband Al Bisconti., daughters LuAnne Bisconti and Alicia Bisconti, sisters, Ernestine Montoya, Dorothy Salazar, Cecelia Medina, brother Sammy Medina. And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Monday December 1, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. Mass of the Resurrection will be Tuesday December 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of committal will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Anna Marie Bisconti are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Steve M. Ortega

Steve M. Ortega was born April 5, 1927 in Segundo, CO, and passed away Sunday November 23, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Steve was an avid baseball player who had a chance to try out for the LA Dodgers in 1956. He was also an avid sportsman who loved fishing, hunting, golf, boxing and helping others learn the sport of baseball.

Steve was very well known for playing baseball in the old coal mining camps in Cokedale, Ludlow, Trinidad, Valdez and many more mining camps in Colorado, Also in New Mexico, Brilliant and Raton Coal Camps. Steve was known as the best “southpaw” pitcher in the region in the 1040s and 50’s.

He is preceded in death by parents Norberto and Ann (Montoya) Ortega, his first wife Marie and his latest wife Delia in January 2014. His daughter Irene Cordova and son in law Robert Jaramillo.

Steve is survived by his sons, Mike and wife Aggie their sons Michael Wayne and Eric of Colorado Springs, CO; Steve and wife Tricia and their daughter Natausha and her daughters Kristol, Savannah, Kayla and Karla and sons Christian and Jarrod. Albert and wife Rhonda their sons Corey (Ashley) Ed (Patience) and Daniel (Melanie). Daughter Jeanette of Denver and her son Steven McMann. Lisha Jaramillo of Peoria, AZ her children Bobby (Mariana) and Rhonda (Trevon). Robin Romero and her husband Mark their sons Mark (Juanita) and Ryan. Brothers Joe Johnny and Bobby. Sisters Priscilla and Charolette and family. Granddaughter Dinelle Cordova and many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were Saturday November 29, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

In Loving Memory of John H. Graham

John H. Graham, age 96, of Raton, NM, passed away Saturday November 22, 2014 in Raton. He was born October 27, 1918 in Kaw City, Oklahoma the son of Fulton and Ethel Graham.

John loved gardening, the Denver Broncos, decorating the outside of his house at Christmas and his family. He was also a member of the NRA.

John is survived by his wife, Trella of 74 years. One brother, Curly Graham of California, four daughters, Florence Brogan (Pat) of Ohio; Sandra Castellini (Albert) of Raton; Anna Hill (Ron) of Kansas and Sherri Johnston (Steve) of Texas. Three sons, Kenneth Graham of Raton; John Roy Graham (Connie) of Albuquerque and Roger Graham (LaRayne) of Raton. Twenty one grandchildren, thirty four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

The Graham Family would like to thank the MCMC Long Term staff for all the great care of our Dad and Husband, John.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 5:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Memorial services will be Wednesday November 26, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Jeremy Johnston officiating. Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for John H. Graham are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.