RIO RANCHO — Who knew?

At the 37-minute Nov. 27 meeting of the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Sue Cleveland said the Cleveland High football team could have forfeited the Class 6A championship game, played at Lightning Bolt Stadium on the CHS campus two days earlier, if the few inches of snow hadn’t been cleared off the field.

As it turned out, the meeting’s conversation was dominated by talk of the football game and three fall state championship trophies won by other district teams. Initially, Cleveland said it was hoped the snow would melt by noon, as most snowfalls disappear in the metro area.

“By mid-morning, it was very clear it wasn’t going to melt at all,” she said. “I had 4 inches (of snow) in my yard,” which isn’t far from the CHS campus.

“Cleveland (High School) is the highest point in Rio Rancho,” Cleveland noted, yet another reason for varying amounts of snowfall reported in the city that day.

So, the snow was cleared, and the game started just 45 minutes after its 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff.

“It was a lot of snow,” Cleveland said, thankful for the work of the Facilities Department and CHS principal Scott Affentranger, along with the man operating the snowplow, who had to be careful not to dig into the turf field.

Nonetheless, Cleveland said some refurbishing may need to be done in light of some expected damage where the millions of rubber pellets are embedded into the turf, or fake grass.

The city’s three state fall championship teams, represented there by some student-athletes and the head coaches, were commended by the board.

Six RRHS distance runners — the boys and girls teams each finished first — were introduced, and the board heard they’re more than fast; they were also smart: The boys team’s top seven runners had a combined GPA of 3.83, and the girls top seven runners’ GPA was 3.7.

In introducing the Cleveland High championship girls soccer team (seven players were at the meeting), district Athletic Director Todd Resch lauded “the leadership, the athleticism and the sheer talent which they (possess),” and commended the leadership of head coach Greg Rusk.

Hard work, including exhausting practices led by assistant coach Wendy Wolfe, “are part of what got us to that final game of the year,” Rusk said. “They all play offense and they all play defense,” which led to the team’s 12 shutouts — the last six to end the season — in the fall. His team won its last 18 games in a row after its lone loss, to 4A state champ Hope Christian.

“We dominate at all of these state competitions and not only in sports,” said Board President Amanda Galbraith, who had two children on the winning cross-country teams, “but our art programs and so many different things … it’s wonderful to see our Rio Rancho schools do so well.”

“We all like to contribute to something that makes us successful, and we do believe in the importance of extracurricular (activities) and that it does so much more than people sometimes realize,” Cleveland added. “It was remarkable (soccer) success story.”

In the business matters on the agenda, the board gave second readings and its approval to two policies, now containing minor revisions: Policy 209 (Agendas and Order of Business for Board Meetings) and Policy 214 (Organizational Meeting).

Board members Jeffery Morgan and Noreen Scott, whose term ends soon, were not in attendance. Both were tuned in via telephone. Scott has only a few weeks left as a board member until Beth Miller, who won the Nov. 7 election, replaces her.

The school board’s next meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, which follows a 3 p.m. board work session.