High Plains Regional Education Cooperative


2022 SPED Law Conference

Registration for the 2022 High Plains Special Education Conference is open.

High Plains Regional Education Cooperative #3 is pleased to host its annual Special Education Law Conference. Presenters will be from the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm. These highly sought-after attorneys will provide participants with the latest in compliance guidance, best practices, and legal insight in areas that impact your Special Education program.

The conference will take place over Zoom on September 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please visit our SPED Law Conference page for more information and to register online.

Employment Opportunities

Raton Public School District is seeking the following positions for the 2022–2023 school year. Certified applicants must hold a valid NMPED teaching license or be able to obtain one through reciprocity. Salary will follow the current salary schedule and the position offers excellent benefits. A background check is required upon hiring at the applicant’s expense.

  • 1 - Kindergarten Teacher
  • 1 - Band Teacher
  • 1 - PE/Health Teacher
  • 1 - SPED Teacher
  • 2 - HS English/Language Arts Teachers
  • 1 - Fifth Grade Teacher
  • 1 - Sixth Grade Teacher
  • 1 - SPED EA
  • 1 - FT Custodian

Interested applicants, please contact Beverly Vukonich at the Administration Office, 1550 Tiger Circle, Raton, NM 87740 for an application. Return completed application, letter of interest, resume, and transcripts to the above address or email address. Deadline is: open until filled. 

Transition/Counselor/Vocational Specialist

Job Description: High Plains REC, located in Raton, NM, has an opening for a part-time Transition/Counselor/Vocational Specialist. Contract or Employment days are dependent on member district needs. Travel is mandatory.

Job Goal: Consult with school staff, parents, and students, as well as provide support to students with disabilities who are 14 to 21 years of age regarding transition planning. Provide students, staff, and families with career awareness in vocational and/or occupational subjects.

Sample Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the assessment of students on career awareness in vocational and/or occupational subjects as part of the transition planning process.
  • Assist school personnel in developing transition plans for students with disabilities as required by state regulations.
  • Participate in Individual Education Program (IEP) team meetings regarding the interpretation of transition assessment data, developing a plan, and goal setting according to district and agency procedures.
  • Work with school personnel to evaluate student progress toward the completion of tasks/goals detailed in the IEP.
  • Counsel and involve parents in the transition planning process.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to plan and implement career awareness-based activities to improve post-high school outcomes for students.
  • Provide consultation in assigned schools to assist school personnel in understanding the transition planning process, as requested and approved by the Director of Programs.
  • Comply with policies and procedures established by federal and state law, New Mexico Public Education Department, High Plains Regional Education Cooperative, and the local districts’ board policy.

For a complete job description and an application, email Marisa Aguirre, Program Manager, or contact R. Stephen Aguirre, Executive Director, at (575) 445-7090. Visit our Human Resources page to learn more about HPREC and Member District job opportunities.

Ancillary Staff

High Plains Regional Education Cooperative is actively looking for ancillary staff (OT, PT, educational diagnostician, and school psychologist) to meet the member district needs in our region. HPREC will determine contract time and will base it on student FTEs. Please contact Marisa Aguirre or call (575) 445-7090 for more information.

Child Find

HPREC provides the coordination and technical assistance to member school districts in meeting federal, state, and local mandates for students with disabilities who qualify for special education and related services. Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) that requires local education agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, ages birth through 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services.

Please visit our Special Education Department page to learn more about how our districts address Child Find and support families and communities. 

HPREC & District Calendars

We’ve gathered together all of our member district calendars and placed the information in one convenient place! We invite you to visit our Calendar page and check back often for updates.