SANTA FE — The New Mexico First Judicial District Court denied the Floyd school board’s request Friday for a temporary restraining order stemming from the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) Aug 4 suspension of the board.
The five-member board was suspended after twice voting to disregard the NMPED’s COVID-19 Safe Practices for school reentry. Floyd filed for a temporary restraining order after the Public Education Department filed suit against the Floyd School Board, seeking the court’s intervention when the board refused to step down following its suspension.
Secretary Ryan Stewart issued the following statement in response to Friday’s ruling:
“This ruling is an affirmation that we, as a state, have a responsibility to our children to ensure that they have safe and healthy learning environments,” Stewart said. “We continue to take that responsibility very seriously and are grateful that the court shares that point of view.”