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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county volume to number 38 los Lunas. . 8703 ii Raymond Gabaldon will be acting superintendent of the los Lunas schools while superintendent Bernard Baca is on sick leave. There has been no firing nor a formal resignation according to several Board members but Baca has indicated he would like to a get away As soon As at an informal meeting of the Board monday Baca said he wanted to be terminated a at the convenience of the he will probably take sick leave and possibly his vacation time before leaving the system. Baca has submitted a letter to Board chairman Elf go Orona on jan. 29, indicating he would not be seeking employment again As superintendent. His contract comes up for consideration in several months. Board member Joe Otero said no appointment of an acting superintendent is necessary since Gabaldon already is the assistant superintendent but he said that the matter would probably be discussed at next tuesdays Board meeting so the Public would be aware of it. Gabaldon will fill in while Baca is away. Board member Ismael Gurule indicated there would be no hiring of a superintendent at pre sent. He noted this is a critical time with budget hearings in the offing. The boards regular meeting scheduled for last tuesday was postponed when there were indications Baca might resign. The meeting is now scheduled for 7 30 p.m., next tuesday. Also on the Agenda Are reports and recommendations on the school lunch program building priorities proposals on title i and the Johns on service and a construction report. Items on the 1973-74 budget also will be discussed. Frank ready of the state department of education a member of the state team investigating the school system made a final visit to the school tuesday meeting with Baca and director of instruction Pete Pino. He indicated information gathered by the team would be submitted to state school supt. Leonard Delayo on feb. 28 the canvass of the school Board election at last thursdays meeting found six spoiled ballots in the Al Cerro precinct but the final tally remained the same Fred Luna 828, and Nino Trujillo 625. The Board granted professional leave to Sal Gonzalez to attend the athletic directors Assn. Convention this month in las vegas. Larger youth Center could be a reality in there pm no Hing David Garcia a los Lunas contender in the Golden gloves regional gets some help from coach lefty Otero. The punch is not causing the plaster to fall the gym was already in need of repair. So u of boxing As c Harles Mae second from left coaches Are Gillie Otero David Perea and Dale Harrison All los i Anas entries in the Golden gloves. Story and additional news photos on Page 14 a was one individual i can to change the world and i Don t really w ant to a i just want to change this these Are the words of Charles Maez youth worker at the Rio Grande youth care Center in los Lunas. When Maez took the Job As youth w order about six months ago when the Center opened he figured there would be a lot of things for the kids to do. The Center is a youth development program designed to help delinquent youths and dedicated to delinquency prevention. Maez said he looked around talked with the kids trying to find ideas with them and Quot really tried to get a after a while you started thinking a the kids were right a there Isnit that much to do around Here a he said. As the program progressed a Ping Pong table and a Pool table were added to the Center Headquarters on main Street. Maez suggested a boxing program. The kids responded enthusiastically to the suggestion and the program got underway. Quot we be had our ups and Downs in boxing. Its not for everybody its Only one project. There have been 60-80 kids involved and that a not too bad when you think about it. There could be More if the Community would help. Maez and others spent 13 hours a Day for six Days to Complete construction of a boxing ring in time for the big bout in los Lunas which was witnessed by Light heavyweight Champion Bob Foster. An overflow crowd attended the matches. Many people helped with the ring some donating materials others time in putting it together. But it took nearly As much time to take the ring Down again a since it could not be left up in the school gym. And that s where the greatest need comes in a a Center Large enough to accommodate All the activities the youth Center could offer boys and girls of los Lunas and surrounding communities if there were sufficient space. The boxing ring could be set up permanently giving youths participating an Opportunity to practice. The Center could include a game room with space for More than one Ping Pong table and Pool table a film room for drug abuse education and other films and a Kitchen. It it had a Kitchen the Center could obtain food through the free lunch program for those in need. Quot some of the kids in this Community and surrounding communities have been neglected Quot Maez said. A maybe its because of their mistakes or because they weren tas Bright As other kids but they be been neglected As far As recreation attention and responsibility is concerned. Its not so Cool anymore to see Young people wasted a not knowing where to go or w hat to do. They re on the sidewalks or at the River trying to find something to talk about. There a not much to talk about anymore nothing to do. There Are no boys clubs or girls clubs. If the Community would help to bring such things Here. They really need something like this a a place for them to be. Why can to we do it a Maez continued with his thoughts on the program and the need for a larger Center. Cont Nueil on huge j Baca to take leave Gabaldon to fill in

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