NEWS RELEASE-Board Vacancy


Date:  September 10, 2021

Contact Name: Darlene Ortiz

Title: Pecos ISD Board President

Phone Number: (505) 490-2037


PECOS, NM – The Pecos Independent School Board of Education seeks applicants to fill the unexpired term of board member Charles Vigil, Board Member, who resigned on September 2, 2021.

The Board will begin interviewing candidates soon and must name a replacement within 45 days of the resignation.  The newly appointed member will serve through December 2023.  If the appointed member desires to continue service, he or she must run in the next general election.

Those interested in serving on the Pecos Independent School Board of Education should contact Darlene Ortiz, Board President for an application.

According to New Mexico law, people serving on New Mexico school boards must be at least 18 years old, district residents, and registered voters.

The Pecos ISD School Board will review all applications and decide on the replacement at its October 19, 2021 Regular School Board Meeting.

Emergency Rental Assistance

Dear Friend,

This year has been hard on our communities and finding a way to pay rent should not be another source of stress. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan which Congresswoman Leger Fernandez helped pass in Congress, New Mexico received $170 million for rental and utility assistance. 

Our office is working to distribute the information below; details on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and how to apply.  Please forward this email to any community organizations or resources in your community who may be able to provide it to individuals or families in need.

I am also respectfully requesting that you share any contact information for such organizations with me by responding to this email.  This will be helpful as we work to build our contact lists in an effort to best support each and every community. 

Here is the information on the assistance program:

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is here to help renters having trouble paying for rent, utilities, or other housing costs. Applications are open until August 31.

What is covered?
Rent, utility bills (electric and gas), water and sewer, trash removal, and other expenses related
to housing costs such as hotel/motel costs.

¿Qué cubre? 
Alquiler, facturas de servicios públicos, esto incluye la electricidad y el gas, agua y alcantarillado, recolección de basura, aceite combustible y otros gastos relacionados con el alojamiento, como los gastos de hotel/motel. 

Who is eligible?

  • Must be obligated to pay rent; AND be able to demonstrate current primary residence in a housing unit in New Mexico
  • Able to show a financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A household income that falls under the COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program Income Limits
  • Unemployed and/or receiving unemployment benefits (optional)
  • Able to demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Able to demonstrate rent and utility obligations incurred since March 30, 2020

¿Soy elegible?

  • Debe estar obligado a pagar el alquiler; y poder demostrar la residencia principal en una unidad de vivienda en Nuevo México
  • Capaz de mostrar un impacto financiero debido a la pandemia COVID-19
  • Un ingreso familiar que cae bajo los Límites de Ingresos del Programa de Asistencia para los Costos de Vivienda COVID-19
  • Desempleado y / o recibiendo beneficios por desempleo (opcional)
  • Capaz de demostrar el riesgo de experimentar la falta de vivienda o la inestabilidad de la vivienda
  • Capaz de demostrar las obligaciones de alquiler y servicios públicos incurridas desde el 30 de marzo de 2020

Where do I apply?  or call 1-833-485-1334

¿Dónde se aplica para asistencia? o llame al 1-833-485-1334

Remember, you are not alone. New Mexico has already awarded over $1 million to residents and they can help you too. Check out to find out more information and apply.

Dual Credit Info

As a reminder, if you plan on taking Dual Credit courses in the fall:

  1.  I will not approve dual credit classes if you have high school credits from previous semesters that you need to make up. High school curriculum needs to be a priority before I can approve of a college course. Once I see that you have a handle on your high school courses, we can start the testing and enrollment process. I want to set you up for success!
  2. Apply to either SFCC or LCC on their websites below. You will not be able to go any further in this process, take the accuplacer, meet with an advisor, until you submit an application to either college.
  3. Before we can consider an enrollment meeting with an advisor, I need you to take the Accuplacer test. THIS IS A MUST. Both the college and myself need to see where you place before we can suggest any college classes or accept dual credit enrollment. I strongly suggest going to this website to work on the accuplacer practice about 2 weeks before taking the test:
  4. Please reach out to the SFCC or LCC testing centers to set up an appointment to take your Accuplacer ASAP. We are getting to the time of year where it will be very difficult to get a testing appointment due to the beginning of the school year. MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW!
  5. Office ContactEmailtestingcenter@sfcc.eduPhone505-428-1625Personnel

LUNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Accuplacer testing is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 3:30pm at our main campus or contact the LCC Satellite/Site office in your specific area for testing days and times. For more information, call (505) 454-5355. On the day of testing, please bring your driver’s license or student ID.

The first placement assessment is free as long as you complete the LCC Application for Admissions form and submit it to the Admissions Office. Students will only be allowed one (1) retake per semester.

Additional Resources:

Union Test Prep

Khan Academy The World of math Online

Mometrix Academy

Test Prep Review Site

Varsity Tutors

Accuplacer Tips

Ms. Kelly Cramer

School Counselor – PHS Site Testing Coordinator

Pecos Independent School District