Superintendent Ewing Addresses Optimist Club of Las Cruces

Las Cruces Public School Superintendent Greg Ewing on Thursday addressed members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces during the group’s weekly meeting. Ewing spoke on the importance of building close relationships with students, teachers and administrators throughout the school district, and expressed his belief that administrators exist solely to support teachers and students.

Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at IHOP, 2900 N. Telshor.

Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at IHOP, 2900 N. Telshor.

Ewing also updated members on the school district’s ongoing efforts to improve school security, deemphasize standardized testing and bring the joy of teaching back to classrooms.

“Let me be clear, schools are not failing,” Ewing told the Optimists. Students are doing well every day. Teachers are doing a great job every day.”

He stressed the importance of restoring subjects like civics and personal finance to the curriculum, and indicated that efforts are underway within the district to do this.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at IHOP, 2900 N. Telshor.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at IHOP, 2900 N. Telshor.

“My message to teachers from day one has been not to worry about standardized tests or state teacher evaluations,” Ewing said. “Go in your classroom, close the door and do what you do best — teach.”

Two seniors from Rio Grande Preparatory Institute, Dominic Montoya and Valerie Muñoz, attended Thursday’s meeting. Both students were recently awarded scholarships by the Optimist Club.

-LCPS Director of Communications Damien Willis, dwillis@lcps.net, (575) 527-5811