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Los Lunas Valencia County News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1973, Los Lunas, New Mexico Valencia county volume to number 52 los Lunas new Mexico 87031 20 pages May 31, 1973 agreement reached on administration of Jom funds state officials review the los Lunas school budget adding $15,930 for the pre school program bringing the total to $3,156,041. From left Frank ready and Harry Wugalter of the state school finance division Fred Luna and Joe Otero school Board members and supt. Raymond Gabaldon. Tragedy Mars graduation tragedy marred graduation activities for los Lunas High school seniors when one of their classmates was drowned Friday at Meadow Lake during a swimming party which was one of the senior week activities preceding commencement. Lloyd Luna 17, son of state rep. And mrs. Fred Luna who would have received his diploma at tonight a graduation exercises drowned about 3 15 Friday afternoon. It was reported that he and his close Friend Herman Ruybalid were racing across the Lake when Luna called out that he had a cramp. Luna disappeared into the water before anyone could reach him. Classmates started diving into the water searching for the youth while others ran for help. The Valencia county sheriffs department was called Village police and state police said the search was hampered by the heavy growth of weeds which they said were five feet deep. Lunar a body was not found until about 5 15. As Valley ambulance left the Lake to take the youths body to Belen Hospital a Long line of cars filled with sad faced students followed. Luna was a member of the future Farmers of America and the vocational Industrial clubs of America at the High school. A the was Well liked by All the students and was a hard worker a a said principal Flowell Payton. A moment of silent prayer for Luna was called for by supt. Raymond Gabaldon at sundays baccalaureate services for los Lunas seniors. The choir directed by mrs. Lois Carbajal Sang a have Maria in Honor of the youth. Payton said lunar a diploma would probably be presented to his father who is a member of the los Lunas school Board at tonight a commencement by Board chairman Joe Otero. In addition to his parents Luna is survived by two Brothers. Fred or. And Paul three Sisters Evelyn Marietta and Rebecca All of los Lunas his maternal grandparents or. And mrs. Salomon Vallejos of los Lunas and his paternal Grandfather Ramon c. Luna of los Lunas. Funeral mass was offered monday at san Clemente Church where hundreds of fellow students and family friends and relatives gathered for the services. Interment was in the los Lunas Catholic cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Vialpando Andy Cordova Lee Padilla Melvin Marquez Gene Garcia and Steve Romero. Romero funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Park improvement planned los Lunas has a top priority in its plans for Daniel Fernandez Park and if its application for funding is approved it will mean nearly $100,000 in improvements for the recreation area Southeast of the Village. Proposed improvements include lighting of the baseball Field the addition of Tennis and basketball courts picnic tables and benches Barbecue grills trash receptacles restrooms paving water lines and an irrigation system Horseshoe pits Trees for the picnic area and landscaping around the Monument. Funding would be shared from the Bureau of recreation the state and the Village. An alternate plan for improvement of the Park listed a swimming Pool but some members of the Parks and recreation Board and the Village Council Felt that this was a out of at a special meeting tuesday agreement was reached Between Isleta Pueblo officials and los Lunas schools on administration of Johnson of Malley funds. Approval by the los Lunas school Board is still required. The contract Between the new Mexico Indian education Board of regents and the school District had been left unsigned at fridays school budget hearing. Harry Wugalter chief of the Public school finance division expressed concern about possible a intrusion in something that a the responsibility of the elected Board of the contract was not signed because Indian officials had wanted the Liaison person hired under Jom funds to be placed under the Indian Center is proposed a proposal for a Multi purpose cultural Center to Aid in the promotion of Indian arts and crafts development and in by cultural bilingual development will be submitted to the . Commissioner of education. The Center would be located in the los Lunas school District. The project would be funded under the Indian elementary and secondary school assistance act title in. The application for $25,317 will be submitted by the los Lunas consolidated schools on behalf of Isleta Pueblo. At a meeting tuesday night at the Pueblo the Isleta parental advisory Council gov. Alvino Lucero Pueblo officials and Pete Pino director of instruction discussed the proposal. The Multi purpose Center also would have a southwestern Library which would include native Indian arts crafts and literature and which will encourage the preservation and perpetuation of the sociocultural contributions of the Indian people. The facility also would serve As a student lecture meeting room. Pino said the general objectives of the Center Are to 1. Encourage broader participation by a greater number of students. 2. Encourage a More viable involvement by parents. 3. Encourage the growth and development of a More viable parental committee. 4. Encourage the involvement of students of other ethnic groups. 5. Affect a deeper appreciation of the tri cultural contributions affecting our locality. 6. Promote southwestern cultural contributions with emphasis on Indian and Spanish culture. 7. Establish a southwestern Library with emphasis on Indian and Spanish literature typifying southwestern thought and culture. The proposal noted that the school District Indian students and the parental advisory Council of Isleta Felt the proposed Center will have a an assuring effect on the continuation of the perpetuation of the southwestern Indian culture. Indian education committee. Wugalter pointed out that Isleta Pueblo cannot be the employer of those who will work in the Public schools. A this is the jurisdiction of the school Board of education a he said. Quot you can Only he asked Terry Salazar member of the Indian education committee if she thought the committee would agree to this. She said a i believe they would if its for the Good of our also representing Isleta was it. Gov. Frank Jojola. Wugalter noted that nine per cent of the 3,425 enrolled in the District come from Isleta. A we have parents who Are just As concerned about who the Board hires for their children. If they the Board done to do a Good Job a go to the polls a he said. Quot the hold up is going to cause a lot of people some grief. They done to know if they Are hired or if the school Board approves the contract $31,284 of the Jom funds will be handled by the school District and $15,000 by the los Lunas Indian education committee. Counselling the Laison person and the Reading program will be under school administration while cultural enrichment see related Story in this Issue special transportation and parental costs will be administered by the committee. Representatives from the Pueblo at tuesdays meeting included gov. Alvino Lucero Carmelita Abeyta who has been the Laison officer and Mary Jiron. Upton Ethelbah assistant director for Jom also was present. A total of $12,500 in unexpended Jom funds from this years will be used for a summer school program at Isleta Pueblo from july 2 to Augustio. There will be academic classes for enrichment and makeup As Well As Home economics arts and crafts and a physical education program. Added to the los Lunas school budget for 1973-74 at fridays budget hearing was $15,930 for the pre school program bringing the total to $3,156,041. Frank ready state director of elementary and secondary education called the pre school program at los Lunas Quot one of the Best in the he disapproved the application for program enrichment at the Junior High level which was designed to improve Reading skills through the use of typewriters. He suggested a More appropriate innovative Type program be submitted. Ready asked that plans to eliminate the deficiency in the nursing requirements be submitted to the state Board of education by june 30. The District has two nurses but based on enrolment three Are required. Ready said there had been concern expressed regarding transition and Lack of continuity at the Junior High level. A real work needs to be done Here a he said. A you have an assistant principal and a principal there but because of other difficulties no one was paying attention to the curriculum. What do you plan to do in this area a ready asked. Supt. Raymond Gabaldon said a we Are constantly looking at it. We have called these people in. The assistant principals office has continued on Page s

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