• Makayla Grijalva

BREAKING NEWS: Former Los Lunas Schools Board of Education member assumes interim role;

PED secretary seeks nominations for additional designees.

Link to Valencia News-Bulletin Article

May 28, 2021

Response from the Democratic Party of Valencia County:
Recently, the Democratic Party of Valencia County (DPVC), along with the Valencia County community, was shocked to learn of the suspension of the entire Los Lunas Schools Board of Education by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED). The school board was suspended due to “credible evidence that certain members have persistently violated procurement and public access laws, the state Public School Code, and professional ethical standards,” according to PED.
DPVC wants to express our full support for transparency and accountability at all levels of government. Holding public officials accountable and exposing potential misdeeds is a core principle of any functioning democracy. DPVC has full confidence that the PED investigation will continue to be conducted with care toward the students, families, and employees of Los Lunas Schools, as well as the individuals involved. Ultimately, DPVC believes the individuals appointed to lead the community forward deserve support from all of us in ensuring that every student in the Los Lunas Schools system receives a high-quality education. Sincerely, Democratic Party of Valencia County


Former Board Member Sonia C'Moya (District 2) has been the first appointed to temporary governance of the Los Lunas School District by NMPED Secretary Ryan Stewart on May 28, 2021. C’Moya served on the Los Lunas Schools Board of Education from 2015 through 2019, including two years as vice president and one year as secretary.

She also spent four years on the district’s finance committee, including two years as chair, and she is currently a community representative to the board’s audit committee.

“Ms. C’Moya’s experience and her deep knowledge about the workings of the Los Lunas district will make her a steadying influence during this transitional time,” Stewart said.

During the suspension, Superintendent Arsenio Romero will report directly to Stewart until such time as the secretary could delegate that responsibility.

IMPORTANT: New Los Lunas District School Board Members are being sought by the PED. Visit the link above for information on qualifications, applications, and deadlines. Submissions must be received by June 8, 2021

Qualifications and Applications:

The secretary intends to name additional designees, and is requesting letters of interest from those who meet the following qualifications:

  • Live within the boundaries of the Los Lunas School District;

  • Be able to devote the time necessary to serve as a designee and to participate in required trainings;

  • Be committed to making decisions in the best interest of the students of Los Lunas;

  • Be committed to the responsible stewardship of public resources with the highest degree of integrity;

  • Be a collaborative member of a team, able and willing to engage with others in a professional and performance-focused manner;

  • Have no felony convictions.

Anyone meeting those qualifications who wishes to be considered should submit a letter of interest of up to 250 words and a resume via email to Lucy.Valenzuela@state.nm.us by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 8.

Letters of interest must include:

  • The applicant’s address;

  • Which school board district the applicant lives in;

  • The names and contact information for up to three professional references;

  • Whether the applicant has a child/children currently in the district and, if so, the school(s) they attend.

Applicants are asked to use the following naming convention for files:

•FirstName_LastName_Resume (example: John_Doe_Resume)

•FirstName_LastName_LetterOfInterest (example: Jane_Smith_LetterOfInterest)