CMS School Board
Our school board consists of community leaders who work together to help Cloudcroft Municipal School District be the best it can be. Members meet regularly to develop and modify school policy, manage budget allocations, evaluate personnel, and assess program effectiveness. Every decision they make reflects our district’s mission and is in the best interest of our students. We welcome parents and the general public to join us for board meetings.
2023–2024 Top Priorities and Goals
- Increase Academic Achievement
- Improve School Climate
- Improve Student/Staff Safety
- Increase Community Engagement & Outreach
- Improve Property & Building Maintenance
Our Mission and Vision Statement
Cloudcroft Municipal School Mission Statement:
Our mission is that all members of the learning community will develop a spirit of generosity, a sense of belonging, the satisfaction of mastery, and a license for independence in order to prepare students to be good citizens and contributing members of a democratic society.
The vision of Cloudcroft Municipal Schools is to create a positive, productive school climate.
Our School Board Resolutions
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools will create a positive, productive school climate. All members of the learning community will develop:
- A spirit of generosity
- A sense of belonging
- The satisfaction of mastery
- A license for independence
We will work tirelessly to prepare students to be good citizens and contributing members of a democratic society.
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools will be holding a series of town hall meetings to highlight family and community engagement. We will be discussing various topics in three different meetings this year to encourage teamwork and collaboration. My hope is that we will all be encouraged to reach out to each other to solve our shared problems. We will be conducting three in-person Town Hall Meetings a year. Please check back for dates and times on our website and social media pages.
Meet our Board
Lance Wright, school board secretary, was born in Baldwin City, Kansas and has lived in Cloudcroft for the past 12 years. A member of the US Air Force, retired, Mr. Wright is the staking advisor of Otero County Electric Cooperative. In addition to two years of service on the Cloudcroft School Board, he is a Sacramento Camp Conference Center board member and the finance secretary of Cloudcroft United Methodist Church. Mr. Wright’s most memorable moments on the school board are the passing of the school bond election, handing diplomas to his son and other graduates, the kindergarten graduation, and educating state legislators on school funding needs.
Passionate about excellent education I have lived in Cloudcroft for 12 years with my wife Shelley. Shelley and I have two children, a daughter age 10 - grade 5, and a son, age 5 - grade kindergarten. Both of them attend Cloudcroft Elementary School. Shelley and I have been business owners of Green Mountain Construction for the past 10 years and Shelley has had her architecture firm for going on five years. Both businesses are located in Cloudcroft and the majority of our work is in Cloudcroft and surrounding areas and includes commercial, residential, and dirt work. I grew up in and graduated high school in Colorado. My parents sacrificed a lot to put my sister, brother, and myself through a private Christian school as they also valued a good education for us. I graduated high school in 1998 then moved alongside my parents to Albuquerque. I attended the University of New Mexico where I acquired a bachelor of science in construction management and a minor in business administration in 2004. I met Shelley at UNM while she was attending architecture school. We have been married for 15 years. Shelley grew up in Cloudcroft and went to Cloudcroft Schools K - 12th grade, and then she acquired her bachelor of arts in architecture in 2002 and her master of arts in architecture in 2004 from UNM. In my opinion, our school is the best public “private” school our children could attend. We appreciate how our teachers care about each student and they are devoted to a great education for each student. While we love our school, we realize there can be challenges. I value a great education for our kids and a safe place for them to attend school.
My name is Danny L. Ward, a resident of The Sacramento Mountains for 32 years. Lisa, my wife, and I have lived in the Twin Forks subdivision for 27 years. I am a graduate of The University of New Mexico and Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree in history and physical education. In 1987, I accepted a job at Cloudcroft Municipal Schools as a teacher. I held that job for 28 years and taught all history, civics, P.E., and drivers’ education. Along with my classroom duties, I was fortunate enough to coach for The Cloudcroft Athletics Program for 21 years. I also served as athletic director for three years. In the middle of my career at Cloudcroft Schools, I was the interim high school principal and held that position for four months. I feel most grateful for the opportunity to have taught and served in this district in all the above capacities. All four of our children attended school in Cloudcroft and we now have four grandchildren enrolled at the elementary and middle school levels. While teaching/coaching in Cloudcroft I also owned and managed a painting business. We have been in business for 17 years and are proud to serve our community. After all the opportunities Cloudcroft has provided for my family and I, it's time to give back. I believe I am more than ready and capable to complement the duties of our school board, administration, students, teachers, and staff.