Nancy Patterson, Deming Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, said Bataan Principal Debbie Robertson and Columbus Principal Hector Madrid retired, and Ruben S. Torres Principal Mark Edens resigned, at the conclusion of the school year.
Patterson said they have promoted Columbus Instructional Leader Armando Chavez to the position of Columbus Elementary principal. The other two principal positions remain open.
Deming High Assistant Principal Herb Borden has been promoted to become the director of transportation and construction, combining positions previously held by Ray Trejo, Jr., and Brian Dunnihoo.
Patterson said Trejo, Jr., the former director of transportation, is now director of student services, a newly created administrative position designed to work with students, parents and principals to analyze and overcome student achievement gaps.
Dunnihoo, who was arrested last October on felony child sex abuse charges, did not have his contract as the district’s director of facilities and construction renewed.
Patterson added that Ann Marie Mora has been hired as the instructional leader at Memorial Elementary, replacing Kathryn Dietz who moved out-of-state. Mora will continue to be the district-wide student assistant coordinator as well.
Patterson said they will be advertising and interviewing for the principal positions at Bataan and Ruben S. Torres, as well as the high school assistant principal and Columbus instructional leader’s positions, and will fill the positions as soon as possible.