Silver Consolidated Schools / 26 May 2016 / Streib Buyout

Welcome to our special coverage of the
Silver Consolidated Schools Special Board Meeting
of Thursday 26 May 2016.

The last few weeks have produced a dizzying sequence of unexpected – and seemingly explainable – events culminating with the dispatch of Lon Streib as Superintendent under a $60,000 contract buyout agreement and the appointment of John Carter as the Acting Superintendent.  The agenda is available from the SCS website (http://www NULL.silverschools NULL.org/common/pages/DisplayFile NULL.aspx?itemId=27128624).

Many questions remain unanswered but a rough sequence of events includes

  • Lon Streib ordering crony Beth Lougee – Silver Principal – and Assistant Principal Victor Oaxaca to not “offer these sports increments for the 2016-17 school year.”
  • Lougee and Oaxaca’s refusal to do so
  • Streib placing both on Administrative Leave
  • 17 additional coaches publishing a public letter demanding reinstatement of the 3 coaches and suggesting their resignations would follow if the demands were not met
  • SCS Board Vice Chair Tony Egan announcing that Streib would vacate his position as of Friday 27 May and that “the settlement is friendly.”

Further, per the Silver Schools website (http://www NULL.silverschools NULL.org/home)

The Silver Consolidated Schools Board of Education will hold a Budget Informative Session in the in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 2810 North Swan Street, Silver City, New Mexico, at 5:00 p.m. on TuesdayMay 31, 2016.

The purpose of the meeting will be to allow the Board an opportunity for general discussion and review of pertinent matters relating to the District budget.  If you need an accommodation to attend and participate in this meeting, call the Superintendent’s Office at 956-2000.

Many residents are expected to picket this meeting at the Silver Schools administration building beginning at 4:30 pm and circulate two petition documents.  One of these was circulated at the May 26th meeting and is, in essence, an informal “Vote of No Confidence” and the second petition is understood to be a formal recall petition calling for the removal from office of board members Arnold Torres, Tony Egan and Chris Arvidson.


Visit these links for coverage of the matter as it developed…

  • Silver City Daily Press / 160523 / BREAKING: Upheaval in Silver Schools (http://scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/23/breaking-upheaval-in-silver-schools/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160524 / Upheaval in Silver Schools (http://scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/24/upheaval-in-silver-schools/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160524 / Streib’s order to fire coaches sparks conflict (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/24/streibs-order-to-fire-coaches-sparks-conflict/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160525 / School board involved in order to fire coaches (http://scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/25/school-board-involved-in-order-to-fire-coaches/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160525 / Silver students petition for coaches, principals (http://scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/25/silver-students-petition-for-coaches-principals/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / EDITORIAL: Focus on those you can’t buy out (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/editorial-focus-on-those-you-cant-buy-out/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Streib accepts 17 coach ‘resignations’ (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/streib-fires-17-coaches-who-signed-letter/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Opponents prepare to make voices heard tonight (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/opponents-prepare-to-make-voices-heard-tonight/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Shirts join student petition in support of Silver High staffers (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/shirts-join-student-petition-supporting-coaches/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Silver Schools situation being watched by town council (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/silver-schools-situation-being-watched-by-town-council/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Former AD: Torres wanted coaches fired in 2013 (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/former-ad-torres-ordered-coaches-fired-in-2013/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Petitions being circulated to recall 3 members (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/recall-petitions-being-circulated/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / Auditor scrutinizing Silver Schools’ budget, process (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/auditor-scrutinizing-silver-schools-budget-process/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / BREAKING: Silver Board approves buyout, appoints Carter (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/breaking-silver-board-approves-buyout-appoints-carter/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160526 / FROM THE EDITOR: A virtual special edition (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/26/from-the-editor-a-virtual-special-edition/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160527 / Silver superintendent bought out; Carter appointed interim (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/27/silver-superintendent-bought-out-carter-appointed-interim/)
  • Silver City Daily Press / 160528 / Most — but not all — SHS coaches reinstated (http://www NULL.scdailypress NULL.com/site/2016/05/28/most-but-not-all-shs-coaches-reinstated/)

This program is scheduled for broadcast on

  • Monday / 30 May 2016 / 6:20pm
  • Tuesday / 31 May 2016 / Noon

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Silver Consolidated Schools / Special Board Meeting – 26 May 2016 – Streib Buyout


The following are times in the recording when different board members and others spoke…

  • 00:00:00 Return from executive session
  • 00:01:02 Motion to approve a $60,000 buyout of Superintendent Streib’s contract
  • 00:01:21 Discussion by Frances Vasquez
  • 00:05:53 Discussion by Mike McMillan
  • 00:06:46 Discussion by Chris Arvidson
  • 00:07:26 Discussion by Tony Egan
  • 00:07:55 Discussion by Arnold Torres
  • 00:08:50 Vote on Buyout – passed 4 – 1 w/ Torres voting against the buyout
  • 00:09:16 Motion to approve John Carter as acting Superintendent
  • 00:10:12 Discussion by Frances Vasquez
  • 00:10:42 Discussion by Mike McMillan
  • 00:10:58 Discussion by Chris Arvidson
  • 00:11:06 Discussion by Tony Egan
  • 00:11:15 Discussion by Arnold Torres
  • 00:12:12 Vote to approve John Carter – passed unanimously
  • 00:12:29 Comments by John Carter and from audience members
  • 00:14:20 Additional comments from the audience calling for reinstatement of Silver High coaches
  • 00:15:00 Comments from John Carter indicating that coaches will be reinstated
  • 00:16:01 Motion to Adjourn – passed
  • 00:16:11 Gavel
  • 00:16:13 Additional comments from the audience
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