Football Rivalry / School Board Mtg Recap

Drawing a standing-room-only crowd of parents, students and community members, the announcement that the Oñate-Centennial High School rivalry football game would be played Thursday, Nov. 2 at Aggie Memorial Stadium drew support from the broad range of high school representatives in attendance. As part of the announcement, the Las Cruces-Mayfield High School rivalry football game was consequently scheduled for the following day, Friday, Nov. 3, at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

The announcement was made by Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing, who negotiated with the LCPS Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes and all four comprehensive high school Principals to reach an agreement regarding the games. Ewing also initiated the development of a task force to study the logistics, feasibility and cost of scheduling future rivalry games beginning in 2018.

“I’m thankful and grateful for all the feedback I received. Going forward, we want to be transparent, open, and most importantly, supportive of students. So, by working with the principals and the Director of Athletics, we see this as an opportunity to continue to support students at all four comprehensive high schools,” Ewing said.

At the previous LCPS School Board Work Session on June 6, a proposal to examine the logistics of a doubleheader football game, where all four comprehensive high school football teams would compete on the same day at Aggie Memorial Stadium, prompted a flurry of discussions among representatives from all four high schools.

Individuals interested in serving on the task force should contact Viramontes at (575) 527-5812 or eviramontes@lcps.net.

Important Announcements

  • Several administrators were appointed for the 2017-18 school year:
    • Monica Marquez – Principal, Booker T. Washington Elementary
    • Michelle Valdez – Principal, Columbia Elementary
    • Gail Estrada – Principal, Fairacres Elementary
    • Joan Howard – Principal, Highland Elementary
    • Yuri Castillo – Principal, MacArthur Elementary
    • Taryn Landin – Director of Teaching and Learning
    • Andres Armijo – Coordinator of Ethnic Studies and Restorative Justice
  • The Board of Education awarded Ewing a two-year contract
  • Since the previous Board Meeting, LCPS hired 71 new classified, certified or administrative employees and had 46 resignations and 15 retirements.
  • LCPS and CSEC have started union negotiations regarding the 2017-18 classified employees’ school year contract.
  • LCPS will begin the first phase of a three-phase critical Information Technology (IT) infrastructure replacement to ensure the integrity of the network, which supports an increasing number of districtwide internet-connected services such as: heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, security systems, internet services and phone services.

Recognitions

The School Board recognized several individuals including:

  • First responders at Vista Middle School whose efforts helped save the life of a Vista Middle School student whose heart stopped while participating in a track meet at the school.
  • Community members whose efforts helped save the life of a MacArthur Elementary School student who nearly drowned while swimming in an irrigation canal.
  • Two Oñate High School students who earned recognition at the State level for their track and field accomplishments.
  • A recent Centennial High School graduate who earned a $1,000 New Mexico School Boards Association Region VII scholarship.

Contract/Agreement Approvals

The School Board took action on a number of agenda items including:

  • Approval of a Request for Proposals for a Mayfield kitchen remodel and addition
  • Approval of an agreement with OMNI to offer 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plans to district employees.
  • Approval of a Service Agreement between City of Las Cruces, the Town of Mesilla and LCPS for School Resource Officers in schools for the upcoming school year
  • Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with City of Las Cruces to authorize school staff to direct traffic
  • Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding with City of Las Cruces for K-9 and special event police services
  • Approval of the 2017-18 Contracted Food Services between LCPS and Families & Youth, Inc., Doña Ana County Head Start, Las Cruces Catholic Schools and Gym Magic.
  • Approval of the 2017-18 Fleet Service Contract, Ancillary Student Transportation Service Agreement and Supplemental Agreement Provisions with STS-NM, the district’s school bus provider.
  • Approval of the 2017-2018 Preventive Maintenance Plan.
  • Approval of the School Board Meeting/Work Session Calendar.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.