Posted at 5:38 PM MT on June 1, 2021 |
Ralph Ramos, the interim superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools, appears in his temporary office in the Las Cruces Public Schools Administration Building in Las Cruces on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Photo: Nathan J Fish / Sun-News)
LAS CRUCES – After making its final decisions during a closed executive session, members of the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education announced that Ralph Ramos will be the district’s new permanent superintendent.
Ramos, who has served as interim superintendent, said he wanted to thank the community and asked for the continued support of the platform at the school board’s face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, June 1st.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team we have here at LCPS,” Ramos said after the motion passed. “I know we have a lot of work together. I know we will. I know you will be proud of Las Cruces public schools and all that we continue to do for students.”
The late LCPS superintendent, Karen Trujillo, died after being hit by a vehicle on February 25th. He had been superintendent at LCPS for a year and a half before his sudden move.
Ramos took over as interim superintendent on March 1 while the school board sought a permanent replacement.
Ramos and Oscar Rico, executive director of information technology for the Canutillo Independent School District, were named finalists for the position on May 24 and participated in a community forum days later.
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The superintendent’s search advisory committee (a group of eight parent members, LCPS staff, community members, and a student) advised the board to make its choice.
School board member Terrie Dallman during Tuesday’s meeting requested a one-week extension to appoint a superintendent, but her motion received no support. I wanted the opportunity to have the Superintendent’s Search Advisory Committee publicly explain its findings and recommendations.
Dallman was the only dissenting voice in a 4-1 vote to appoint Ramos the superintendent.
Ramos will begin as a permanent superintendent on Wednesday, June 2, and his contract will continue until June 30, 2023. Ramos ’initial annual salary is $ 180,000.
Board chairman Ray Jaramillo called on the community to give Ramos a chance, in addition to holding Ramos and board members accountable.
“I want to remind everyone that it will be a work in progress and be kind,” Jaramillo said. “It’s not about a … person in the board’s decision, but rather a board that meets to make that decision.”
The board met quickly to make the election of the superintendent and began the search process less than two months ago.
Board members Teresa Tenorio, Carol Cooper, and Jaramillo described the superintendent’s search and selection process as “hairy.”
“In all these conversations, the most important thing was what is right for our children?” Cooper said. “How do we give them the education that will prepare them to be the next generation?”
The acting superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools, Ralph Ramos, will appear at Valley View School on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Photo: Nathan J Fish / Sun-News)
Ramos graduated from New Mexico State University with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and then began his 28-year career at LCPS in 1992 as an eighth-year science teacher at Picacho Middle School. In 2000 he moved to Sierra Middle School, where he was quickly appointed assistant director. In 2006 he was appointed assistant director of Vista Middle School.
Before Ramos became interim superintendent, he spent 12 years as a principal at Camino Real Middle School.
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“I am a state employee, I work for Las Cruces public schools,” Ramos told Sun-News at the start of his interim position. “If that’s where you need me, I’m ready to serve our community. And that’s been pretty much my career trend.”
During the May 26 virtual forum, Ramos said he intended to raise the voices of students and hear their views on their learning, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We also need the voice of the students at the table,” Ramos said. “For me, it’s about transforming our communication, not only with students, but also with adults. That’s what I bring to the table. Because if you look at my history and my leadership in any school where I’ve been , all about character counting and it starts with the students “.
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