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Gubernatorial Candidates Address Successful Leadership Retreat!

We are very pleased both Gubernatorial Candidates, Congresswomen Michelle Lujan Grisham and Congressman Steve Pearce addressed the 2018 NMSBA Leadership Retreat at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos July 13-14. The candidates provided a brief update on federal education issues, shared their plans for public education in New Mexico and answered numerous questions from members in attendance.

Attendees also took advantage of an outstanding retreat program entitled “Leadership and Learning” which focused on building leadership skills for school boards and included the following: Update on the State’s ESSA Plan; Effective Lobbying for School Board Leaders and an additional fifteen informative and interactive breakout sessions

Leadership Retreat Presentations can be viewed and downloaded on our Resource Center webpage or by clicking here Past Conference Presentations


2018 NMSBA School Law Conference A Success!

Thanks to all who attended NMSBA’s 39th Annual School Law Conference. We received many compliments on the quality of the program and the many learning opportunities provided. We also had a great 60th Anniversary Celebration with many dignitaries and partner organizations presenting congratulations and best wishes. Twelve of our past presidents were in attendance as well.  To view or download all conference presentations please click here School Law Conference Presentations or go to the Cuddy & McCarthy Resource webpage.

2018 NMSBA School Law Conference Press Release


NMSBA Celebrates 60 Years of Service to School Boards

The New Mexico School Boards Association is proud to be celebrating 60 years of service to New Mexico’s school boards. Created in 1958 by a visionary group of school board members and educators, NMSBA has now served as a leader in New Mexico’s public education system for six decades.

A special 60th Anniversary Reception was held on Friday, June 8  at the Hotel Albuquerque, in conjunction with NMSBA’s 39th Annual School Law Conference. The reception included: Mariachi Entertainment; Review of the Association’s History; Recognition of Past Presidents and Executive Directors; Presentations by Special Dignitaries; and Viewing of Photo and Memorabilia Exhibits.


School Board Recognition Award Nominations are Now Open!

Take advantage of this once a year opportunity to recognize outstanding boards and exceptional board members within our school board community!.Nomination forms and criteria for School Board of the Year (Large & Small District Categories), School Board Member of the Year, Hall of Fame and 24-Year Service awards are available on the Recognition Awards Page  Nominations for Board and Board Member of the year are competitive while nominations for Hall of Fame and 24-Year Service are not.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, June 22, 2018.Our NMSBA Board of Directors will receive the nominations for consideration at the July 13-14, 2018 Leadership Retreat in Taos. The awards will then be presented at the NMSBA Annual Convention in December.


NMSBA Excellence in Student Achievement Awards Announced!

The New Mexico School Boards Association announced recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Student Achievement Awards. The awards, sponsored by NMSBA, are presented to individuals selected by local boards of education throughout New Mexico who have played an important role in improving student achievement in their local school district. For specific information about award recipients, please contact the local school district. Sixty-four (64) school boards participated in this year’s program and one hundred six (106) award recipients were selected. Recipients will be honored at upcoming school board meetings throughout New Mexico. Please click here access News Release which includes the names of all award recipients.


2018 Legislature Adjourns

The 2018 New Mexico Legislative Session is officially over! Thanks to our NMSBA Executive Board, Board of Directors, School Board Members for your advocacy work on behalf of public education during the legislative session. We would also like to acknowledge our partnership with Stan Rounds and the New Mexico Superintendents Association during the session. And finally, a special and sincere thanks to Lilliemae Ortiz, our Legislative Liaison for her assistance again this legislative session. We are indeed fortunate to have her working on our behalf. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. A listing of all public education related legislation passed by the House and Senate signed by the Governor is available by clicking here


NMSBA Now Posts Superintendent Vacancies

NMSBA is now posting superintendent vacancies for member boards on our Superintendent Search Page. Please contact Joe Guillen, Executive Director, for additional information. See the latest posts by clicking here.


Board Member Institute a Success!

           February 8-10, 2018, Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

 The New Mexico School Boards Association hosted the 2018 Board Institute which began on Thursday, February 8 with a focus on legislative issues and  opportunities for board members to visit the State Capitol to visit with State Legislators. The Board Institute continued on Friday and Saturday featuring informative general sessions and a variety of breakout sessions on school governance and public education.

Copies of Institute presentations are available by clicking here.



New School Board Member On-Line Sessions Continue in 2018

New School Board Member Support Program continues throughout 2018 with monthly one-hour online GoToMeeting training sessions. All sessions are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month beginning at 4:00 p.m. Sessions will be recorded and archived for those board members who cannot attend live. For detailed information on training topics and how to participate click here.

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NMSBA Elects 2018 Officers at Annual Convention

Ramon Montaño, member of the Rio Rancho Board of Education, was elected by his colleagues to serve as 2018 President of the New Mexico School Boards Association.

Pauline Jaramillo, member of the Socorro Board of Education was elected to serve as President-Elect of the Association for 2018.

Arlan Ponder, member of the Cloudcroft Board of Education was elected to serve as Vice-President of the Association for 2018.

Olivia Calabaza, member of the Bernalillo Board of Education was elected to serve as the Association’s 2018 Secretary Treasurer.

 Ron Singleton, Carlsbad Municipal School Board Member, will continue to serve as the Association’s Immediate Past-President in 2018.


NMSBA announces it’s new  Superintendent Search Service  cadre

For more information click on this link.


Information regarding the Master Board Member Program can be accessed

by clicking on this link.


Presentations from Past Conferences and Region Meetings are

archived for up to a year for board member reference.




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