Although records aren’t kept by Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education meetings, the July 10 session certainly could rank as one of the shortest.

Including the Pledge of Allegiance, the meeting lasted just 25 minutes, with much of that taken up by Superintendent Sue Cleveland’s opening remarks, which constituted a Reader’s Digest of what’s about to take place.

Then, after board President Amanda Galbraith said there were no public comments, the board went through each agenda item and unanimously approved:

  • A joint powers agreement with the New Mexico School for the Deaf to continue offering its services to the district’s students with hearing loss;
  • An adjusted meal cost from Southwest Food Excellence to cover increased food prices, with the district opting for healthier meals in the form of whole-muscle chicken and a higher quality of meat; the price increase won’t affect the 2023-24 budget;
  • Policy 903, with this second reading, for Student and Staff Health and Wellness;
  • Policy 1015, another second reading, concerned with student immunization data, and reaffirming students with certain religious teachings or beliefs that don’t permit immunizations; and
  • The Open Meetings Act, an annual board event to meet the state law about the public postings of regular and special board meetings.

The next regular school board meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. July 24 following an executive session that starts at 4:30.