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BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield School District will be hiring for two new positions after the Board of Education approved them during its meeting Tuesday night.

Board members approved several personnel items including adjusting the benefits policy for part-time employees, and adding an assistant wrestling coach position for Bloomfield High School and an educational assistant position for Blanco Elementary School.

The revised part-time employee resolution approved Tuesday is an update to the resolution approved during the April 14 board meeting.

New district employees who work less than 20 hours a week will not be offered full benefits, according to district Director of Human Resources Debbie Hernandez. She said the district previously offered benefits from the New Mexico Public Insurance Authority to those part-time employees.

The change was prompted by rules enacted by the New Mexico Public Insurance Authority for the 2015-2016 school year.

Hernandez said the insurance authority requested that the resolution be updated.

District employees working 30 or more hours a week are eligible for benefits.

A temporary educational assistant position was approved for Blanco elementary. The position will be for one year at $18,700 for salary and benefits.

Funding for the position came from a $20,000 New Mexico Real Results program grant awarded this school year.

District Superintendent Kim Mizell said Blanco Principal Raul Sanchez requested the educational assistant position so the school will have a person to provide extra instruction for special education students and English language learners.

An assistant wrestling coach position was approved for Bloomfield high to provide assistance for the varsity and junior varsity teams.

Mizell said wrestling program officials requested another coach to help when the varsity and JV teams are competing at different locations at the same time.

The new assistant coaching position will give the program a total of three coaches for varsity and JV teams.

The position comes with a stipend of $2,900.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.

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