One of village’s own named school chief
Not too long ago, Lynn Romero had the chance to work as an administrative intern at Raton High School.
Now Romero will serve as the superintendent in her own town of Maxwell.
Romero was named the new Maxwell School superintendent after a special meeting of the school board Thursday.
“She was the best-qualified candidate we had,” said Maxwell school board President Dustin Long. He added the board “took some time” considering other candidates. In addition, he said two candidates turned down the position when it was offered.
But Long said the board is happy to have Romero leading the district. “We’re certain she’s going to do a great job for us,” he said.
Romero has worked for the Raton school district the past three years, including her stint as an administrative intern in 2011-2012. That internship was made possible through the Land of Enchantment Teacher Partnership grant.
During her time in Raton, she served on the common core curriculum implementation team and has learned about the implementing of the new state-mandated teacher evaluation criteria. She is currently a history teacher at Raton Middle School.
Hence, Romero expects to be well prepared for the Maxwell superintendent position. She said she looks forward to continuing her involvement in those areas, “ particularly, in Maxwell, my home district, and continuing the good work they are already doing there.”
Romero admitted it will be tough to follow Chuck Harrison, who is retiring from the Maxwell position. Romero will start duties July 1 at an annual salary of $75,000.
“Dr. Harrison has left really big shoes to fill,” she said. “It’s a great group of teachers, a wonderful school and I am very honored to serve that population.”
Before coming to Raton schools, Romero taught for three years at Foothill High School in Albuquerque, an institution that is overseen by the state Children Youth and Families Department. She also worked for five years at the former New Mexico Boys’ School. Romero has lived in Colfax County since 1981 and in Maxwell since 1999.
She said the board “wants to keep Maxwell schools moving forward” as it transitions to the common core curriculum and implements the new teacher evaluations.