Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing visits with State Representative Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, and LCPS Board of Education Vice President Terrie Dallman before a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing visits with State Representative Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, and LCPS Board of Education Vice President Terrie Dallman before a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing on Wednesday addressed members of the Legislative Education Study Committee and shared with them many of the district’s successes. Ewing welcomed the committee, comprised of state senators and state representatives from across New Mexico, to Centennial High School’s Black Box Theater, which will host the committee through Friday.

Speaking to the lawmakers, Ewing touted several LCPS initiatives, including:

  • The district’s task force on school safety and security.
  • International Welcome Centers to serve and advise students from other countries, now operational at the district’s four comprehensive high schools. Ewing said plans are underway to expand the pilot program to the district’s eight middle schools in the coming school year.
  • Efforts to institute restorative practices districtwide as a way of identifying and correcting behavioral problems.
  • Ethnic Studies initiatives to be implemented in the coming school year.
Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The meeting kicked off three days of activities in Las Cruces, which continue through noon Friday.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The meeting kicked off three days of activities in Las Cruces, which continue through noon Friday.

Ewing told the legislators that his focus as the district plans for the future remains on “inclusion and opportunity.” He also thanked the lawmakers for passing raises for teachers and school support staff during this year’s legislative session.

Travis Dempsey, superintendent of the Gadsden Independent School District, and Linda Hale, superintendent of Hatch Valley Public Schools, also shared information with the policymakers on Wednesday Morning.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Centennial High School. Seated behind Ewing are Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey, left, and Hatch Valley Public Schools Superintendent Linda Hale, right.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing addresses the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Centennial High School. Seated behind Ewing are Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Travis Dempsey, left, and Hatch Valley Public Schools Superintendent Linda Hale, right.

The LESC will hold a series of meetings in Las Cruces through noon Friday. An agenda for the meetings can be downloaded HERE.

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