Annual Recognition Event

Staff Standouts, Volunteers, Retirees Honored at 2017 Recognition Event
Posted on 05/22/2017

Every May, Rio Rancho Public Schools hosts an event to recognize retiring staff, exemplary employees, and each school's Volunteer of the Year.  Congratulations to all of our honorees! 

Who earned recognition this year?  Click on the bullets below for names and photos!

This year, the event also recognized two individuals who are leaving the district after many years of extraordinary service in leadership positions:

Board members and Don SchlichteDon Schlichte stepped down from the RRPS Board of Education in March after serving four terms and 16 years on the board, eight of them as Board President.  He's shown here standing at right with Board President Ramon Moñtano, Vice-President Catherine Cullen, and Board Member Wynne Coleman, who was recently elected to fill Schlichte's seat in District 1. 

Richard BruceRRPS Chief Operations Officer Richard Bruce is also leaving the district after more than 20 years of service.  He was one of the district's founding leaders, joining the staff in 1994 as Director of Information Technology.  Mr. Bruce became Chief Operations Officer in 2009 and oversees a variety of functions that support teaching and learning in the classroom, including Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, Information Technology, Safety and Security, and Transportation.