Quick Link to NMSBA’s Policy Service Portal

NMSBA COVID-19 Resource Page

NMSBA President’s Statement on School Reentry

NMSBA President’s Statement on National Health Emergency

Special Announcements in relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic

  • NMPED Posts School Reentry Guidance Documents (Click Here)

  • NMASBO  has posted recordings for all Virtual Spring Budget Conference Webinars and Presentations conducted April 9-10 on their website which can be accessed by clicking here.
  • NMSBA is extending the deadline for submittal of NMSBA Scholarship Program Nominations two additional weeks from April 17th to May 1st. We have only received a handful of nominations at this time and while we know much of your time and energy is being expended keeping schools, students and families safe and healthy, we want you take advantage of this great opportunity to recognize and reward outstanding graduating seniors.

  • Due to the health emergency NMSBA has begun the process of postponing the Annual School Law Conference which was scheduled for May 28-30, 2020.  We are working with Cuddy Law Firm and Embassy Suites officials to determine dates for rescheduling and or/ other options. We will keep you advised.
  • Based on the recent directive that schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the NMAA and its Board of Directors have cancelled the 2020 State Spirit Championships, the 2020 Spring Sports Season, and all remaining activities for the current school year.  This cancellation applies to practices/workouts, in addition to contests/events.
  • On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year. This decision, which was made in consultation with the New Mexico Public Education Department and the New Mexico Department of Health, is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis. (See News Release and FAQs below)
  • The Governor, Public Education and Health Departments announced the closing of all public schools for three weeks beginning at the end of the day March 13.
  • All NMSBA Spring Region Meetings are cancelled.
  • The National School Boards Association has cancelled their Annual Convention scheduled for April 4-6 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The Spring Budget Workshop scheduled for April 1-3 has been cancelled by the Public Education Department.
  • The New Mexico Activities Association has postponed the State Spirit Championships and suspended all activity programs and spring athletic programs until further notice.  This includes practices as well as contests/events.
  • The deadline for receipt of Student Achievement Award Nominations has been extend through Marcy 27th . Please, at a minimum, let us know if you will be participating and how many awards you will require. Keep in mind we pay for one award and districts pay for any additional. You can access the Guidelines and Nomination Forms here.
  • NMSBA Staff will begin a temporary period working remotely from their homes several days of week. We will attempt to have at least one person in the office but that might not always be possible. We will be checking for messages regularly and using email and phone to conduct business.

Important Documents/Links Regarding School Closure and the Coronavirus Pandemic

NMPED Reentry Guidance Document – June 23, 2020

Governor’s Press Release Extending Stay at Home Order to May 15, 2020 4/30/20

Governor’s News Release Announcing School Closure for the Rest of the Acadmeic Year 3-27-20

NMPED School Closure Extension FAQ’s

NMPED FAQs Re: Work and Payment for Work – 4-1-20

NM Public Education Department COVID Resources for Schools

NMPED_CLP Fillable Assurances and Plan_3.26.20_FINAL

NMPED_CLP Fillable Assurances and Plan_3.26.20_FINAL PDF

NMPED_Implementation Guide for Your Continuous Learning Plan_FINAL

NM Department of Health Coronavirus Updates

NSBA Summary of Federal Emergency Stimulus Bills 3.27.20

National School Board Association Coronavirus Resources

Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your School Community – A Legal Guide

PED March 13, 2020 Memo Re: School Closure Preparation

PED March 13, 2020 Memo Re: Feeding Plan During COVID-19

USDA School Meal Service Q&A

PED March 13, 2020 Memo Re: Alternate Work Expectations for Staff Members

PED March 13, 2020 Memo Re: Anti-Donation Questions Regarding Payment to Teachers Staff, etc.

PED March 17, 2020 Memo: Business Operations During School Closure Payroll/and Contract Considerations

Attorney General March 17, 2020 Open Government / Meetings Advisory COVID-19

White Paper on Student Graduation 2020

PED Memo: Meal Service During Extended Closure 3.27.20

PED Meal Pattern Waiver Form

Six Ways to be the Best School Board Member During COVID-19

CARES Act Funding – New Mexico

PED Graduation Guidance Memorandum 5-5-20

Consensus Revenue Estimate – May 2020

PED Updated Graduation Guidance 5-15-20

PED Memo Re K-5 Plus and Extended Learning Time 5-19-20




Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham tops list of Keynote Speakers at 2020 Board Institute

Link to Board Institute Presentations

Over 400 school board members and superintendents gathered from throughout New Mexico to attend the 2020 NMSBA Board Institute in Santa Fe December 23-25, 2020. Attendees attended a press conference at the State Capitol Rotunda to acknowledge School Board Appreciation Day in New Mexico and visit with their legislators to advocate for public schools. Attendees heard from several keynote speakers including Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham; House and Senate Education Committee Chairs Andres Romero and Bill Soules; Ryan Stewart, Secretary of Education; Tom Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director; Brian Colon, State Auditor; Charles Sallee, LFC; and A.J. Crabill, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency.


NMSBA Members Gather for 2019 Annual Convention

School board members from across New Mexico gathered in Albuquerque December 5-7, 2019 to participate in the 2019 Annual Convention of the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. School board members listened to keynote speakers and participated in informative breakout sessions. Association members also elected new officers for the coming year and recognized school board members for their outstanding service and training accomplishments. Newly elected members participated in training sessions and were sworn in to office.   2019 NMSBA Post Convention News Release

Resolutions/Legislative Committee Meets

The NMSBA Resolutions and Legislative Committee met in Albuquerque Thursday, October 3 to review and recommend twenty-five resolutions submitted by school boards from throughout New Mexico proposing action on key legislative issues. The resolutions addressed school funding, school safety, career technical education and local decision making. The Committee will present it’s recommendations to the full membership for approval at the Annual Convention December 5-7, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque.

State Officers Travel to Western Region Conference!

NMSBA’s State Officers traveled to Estes Park, Colorado, September 12-15, 2019 to attend the Annual nine-state Western Region Meeting. The delegation led by President Pauline Jaramillo participated in an outstanding tour of schools in the Estes Park*; heard moving presentations on school safety from Columbine School Shootings administrators; and participated in the Western Region Business meeting where they elected officers and NSBA committee representatives for the coming year. NMSBA President Pauline Jaramillo was elected to serve in the alternate position on the National Nominations Committee and NMSBA President Elect Arlan Ponder was elected to the alternate position on the National Policies and Resolutions Committee. The delegation also included Olivia Calabaza, Vice President Marvyn Jaramillo, Secretary Treasurer, Ramon Montano, Immediate Past President and Joe Guillen, Executive Director.

*Click here for newspaper article describing Estes Park School tour


New Mexico Well Represented at NSBA Annual Conference

Over 100 New Mexico school board members joined more than 7,000 school leaders from throughout the country and traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the 2019 National School Boards Association Annual Conference March 30-April 1, 2019.

Attendees found more than 250 educational sessions, workshops, speakers, site visits and exhibitions to inform and support their work. They listened to best practices, new ideas and cutting-edge strategies to help move education in New Mexico forward.

NMSBA’s Officers, led by State President Pauline Jaramillo, represented New Mexico at the National Delegate Assembly and adopted resolutions, beliefs and polices originating from numerous school boards from throughout the Unities States and its territories. They also elected national officers including Elizabeth Branham from West Columbia, South Carolina to lead NSBA in 2019.

In addition New Mexico attendees were able to participate in the National Caucus meetings including Hispanic, Native American and Black Caucus events. Espanola Board President Ruben Archuleta was elected President Elect of the National Hispanic Caucus.


The 2019 Legislative Session

The New Mexico Legislature completed their work and Governor Lujan Grisham signed a $7 billion budget plan that increases spending on public schools by $449 million or 16 percent over the FY19 operating budget. Total general fund appropriations for public education of $3.25 billion are 47.5 percent of total FY20 general fund appropriations. The budget bill makes large strides to address the court decision in Yazzie/Martinez with 6 percent compensation increases to school employees, a more than doubling of the at-risk formula factor to 0.25, large investments in extended learning time for at-risk children, and increases for prekindergarten. Special and Supplemental Appropriations includes $26.5 million for public school instructional materials.

The Legislature passed 46 bills and 14 memorials directly related to public education including to two similar reform bills, House Bill 5 and Senate Bill 1, which make changes to the public school funding formula to provide for increased educational time, increased educator pay, and improved budgetary accountability for programs that serve at-risk students. A listing of all of these bills and memorials can be found clicking here: NMSBA Final Legislative Report

Thanks to our NMSBA Executive Board, Board of Directors and all school board members for your advocacy work on behalf of public education during the legislative session. I would also like to acknowledge our partnership with the 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. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions.


NMSBA Conducts 2018 Annual Convention!

School board members from across New Mexico gathered in Albuquerque December 7-8, 2018 to participate in the 2018 Annual Convention of the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. School board members listened to keynote speakers and participated in informative breakout sessions. Association members also elected new officers for the coming year and recognized school board members for their outstanding service and training accomplishments. See Post Convention News Release (below) for more information.

2018 NMSBA Post Convention News Release



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.

In preparation for the candidates NMSBA prepared and presented a White Paper – Education in Our State, Summer of 2018 which states  the priorities, challenges and guiding principals  we face as school boards in New Mexico today.

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.


Twenty-Four NMSBA Scholarship Award Recipients Announced!

NMSBA announced their 2018 Scholarships Awards to twenty-four outstanding high school graduating seniors at the School Law Conference. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their education. Nominations were received from school boards and selections were based on criteria including demonstrated leadership, academic performance, community involvement and extracurricular activities. The 2018 Scholarship Award Recipients including photos can be accessed by clicking here:


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.


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.

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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