Chavez resigns from LL board

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Los Lunas Board of Education member Kelly Chavez has resigned from her position in District 2 to accept a promotion that would relocate her to another part of the state.

Chavez, who was elected to the board in 2011, turned in her resignation earlier this week, and on Tuesday, the Los Lunas Board of Education announced the vacancy and began the process to replace her.

Kelly Chavez Resigns from board

In a telephone interview, Chavez said she has been transferred to Ruidoso with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, a state agency she has worked for over the past 25 years.

With the acceptance of her resignation, the District 2 vacancy will be posted on the school website and in the News-Bulletin.

“The decision she had to make obviously makes it difficult,” said Dana Sanders, the district’s assistant superintendent, “but I’m confident the board will find somebody who will do a good job for us and represent us well.”

Anyone living in District 2 can apply, said Board President Charles Tabet.

“We want somebody who is going to come in here to do something that is good for kids,” Tabet added. “That’s the main thing. We don’t always get what we want, but if it benefits kids, that’s what we want the focus to be.”

District 2 extends around part of Peralta, Valencia, Meadow Lake and overlaps into Isleta Pueblo. A detailed map is available on the district’s website.

The board has 45 days, until Jan. 30, to fill the position, and if it doesn’t, the New Mexico Public Education Department can appoint someone.

“If we needed more time, I think they would work with us,” said Tabet. “But I feel confident that we’ll be able to find someone.”

Chavez explained that the agriculture department was short-handed because a few inspectors had retired. The positions were not immediately filled because of the recession, she said.

For the past two months, Chavez has been traveling a lot and working in other regions of the state, spending most of her time in Artesia, Roswell and Ruidoso. Then she was offered the opportunity to transfer to Ruidoso, where her parents and other family members live.

Her daughter, Lindsey, is also down south, attending New Mexico State University, and will be graduating in a couple of semesters, Chavez said.

“The hard part was that I was going to have to resign my position on the board,” Chavez said. “I really have enjoyed being on the board, but with all this travel, I don’t feel I can give the district what it deserves.”

She works as a weights and measures official for the department’s Standards and Consumer Services Division.

One year of her four-year term remains. New board members are required to attend training and maintain continuing education classes during their term.

“You are always learning something new; it’s certainly not static,” Chavez said. “I really enjoyed it, and who knows, I may run for a school board seat down in Ruidoso.”


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