Saturday, May 27, 2017
LCPS Mission: The Las Cruces Public Schools, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.

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Last Day of Work Memo – 2017

Last Day of Work Memo – 2017

Athletics
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Athletic Director Featured in NMAA Promotion

LCPS Athletics Director Ernie Viramontes was recently featured in the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) promotion called, “#MyReasonWhy.” In the video Viramontes explains why he decided to become an Athletic Director. “On any given day, you might see Ernie at any one of the multiple sporting events happening throughout the district,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “His commitment to providing the very best experience for our student athletes has solidified his reputation as one More >

Awards
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LCPS TEACHER HONORED BY NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

Three of David Morales’ students from Mayfield High School accepted a proclamation in his honor during the House of Representatives’ legislative session. Left to right are: LCPS Superintendent Emeritus, Dr. Steven Sanchez; Annalysia Elliott; Serena Luna; Lucinda Moreno; and LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing. Morales’ many achievements, including the New Mexico Teacher of the Year award, were recognized. Mayfield High teacher David Morales LAS CRUCES—David Morales, a Mayfield High School social More >

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BID 16-17-17 PRICING AGREEMENT FOR TURNKEY INSTALLATION OF ADA COMPLIANT AUTOMATIC DOOR OPERATORS

16-17-17 PRICING AGREEMENT FOR TURNKEY INSTALLATION OF ADA COMPLIANT AUTOMATIC DOOR OPERATORS   DUE:  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017 @ 2:00 PM

Bilingual
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FREE LANGUAGE ACADEMIES OFFERED

LAS CRUCES—What proved to be a huge success among adults and students last year, the Las Cruces Public Schools Language Academies will once again be available for individuals who want to learn a new language. Mari Rincon, the LCPS Dual-Language and Bilingual Education Director, said five academies are being offered this semester: Spanish as a second language; English as a second language; American Sign Language; Arabic as a second language and Chinese as a second language. “We are adding More >

Board Meetings
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School Board to Discuss District Goals in Public Meeting

The Las Cruces Board of Education will have a retreat beginning at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 4 at Oñate High School, 5700 Mesa Grande Drive.  The planning meeting is open to the public and will be held in Room A105. Included on the agenda is the development of the goals for the 2016/17 school year.  Board members will also get an update from Dr. Elizabeth Marrufo, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, regarding the hiring and staffing for the entire district.  Other areas of More >

Board of Education
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New Board Members to be Sworn In and Attend First Meeting

LAS CRUCES—Ray Jaramillo, Terrie Dallman and Maria Flores will be sworn into office at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 by Third Judicial District Judge Fernando Macias.  The three were elected earlier this month to a four-year term on the Las Cruces Board of Education.  Flores was re-elected to her seat, while Jaramillo and Dallman will serve for the first time, said Jo Galvan, LCPS chief communications officer. The swearing-in ceremony will be open to the public in the LCPS Administration More >

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Healthy Kids Las Cruces Monthly Newsletter

Download: March 2017

Charter Schools
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Court Charter Campus Groundbreaking Event Set

LAS CRUCES—Students and staff from J. Paul Taylor Academy and Alma d’arte Charter High School, along with dignitaries from Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS), will celebrate the New Year with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Court Charter School Campus.  The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, behind Alma d’arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court. The ceremony will take place on the west side of the campus on Reymond Street, LCPS officials announced. Throughout December, More >

Closed Surveys
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2013 Central Office Climate Survey

Las Cruces Public Schools invited staff, parents and community members to participate in a survey about their opinions of the school district as a whole. Survey topics include: School board and district leadership Significant decisions and budget considerations Quality of service School operations Communication District staff members were sent an email invitation with a unique link to access the survey. Parents and community members for whom the district had email addresses were also sent an More >

Count Me In!
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EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS A CAR

Marco Garcia of Arrowhead Park Early College High School starts up the car he won for having good attendance in school. He was one of thousands of students eligible for the 2014 Toyota Yaris, which was given away at the LCPS Count Me In! car giveaway event. LAS CRUCES—Marco Garcia was home studying for his school finals when he got the call that he had won a car. His name was drawn from among thousands of high school students who had good attendance this school year and were eligible to win a More >

DAC/SAC
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Parent Advisory Council Meets Sept. 26

Any parent of a student from the Las Cruces Public Schools can get involved with the district’s Parent Advisory Council (previously known as the District Advisory Council).  The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 26 at Centennial High School on Sonoma Ranch Blvd.  The meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Laboratory (PAL).  This month’s discussion will focus on the community schools initiative and the search process for a new LCPS Superintendent. Organizer Jaime Calderon More >

Ecology
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Schools = Recycling Leaders

By Suzanne Michaels: Recycling “Green Team” students near the blue recycling dumpster at Sonoma Elementary School, one of the top recycling schools. “The Las Cruces Public Schools have proven to be great community leaders – they are setting the tone for recycling, waste reduction and environmental awareness that benefits everyone,” says Tarkeysha Burton, Recycling Coordinator for the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA). Burton explains that the bright blue recycling dumpsters – at More >

Employee ID Registration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured
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Las Cruces Named Among Top Cities for K-12 Teachers

Citing factors such as strong educational values, the availability of full-time teaching positions, favorable teacher salaries and the low cost of living, consumer research website GoodCall.com, ranked Las Cruces 22 out of 689 U.S. cities identified as prime areas for teachers to live and work in the 3rd Annual “Best Cities for K-12 Teachers” report. “Las Cruces is home to a vibrant, supportive and collaborative educational community, and our teachers’ passion for education continues to be the More >

Finance
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District Finance Committee to Meet on Dec. 8

Any individual is welcome to attend the district’s Finance Committee meetings that are held monthly.  In December, the meeting will be held on Dec. 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room of the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main, Loretto Towne Centre.  The committee receives updates from the LCPS department of finance on how funds are being spent and what financial issues need to be reported to the Board of Education. — For more information, contact Crystal More >

Fine Arts
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New Superintendent Attends Beauty and The Beast

Enjoying the performance were new Superintendent, Dr. Gregory Ewing (far right), and Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Sanchez (second from left). After the show, they posed with teachers (from left) Ryan Fellman, Choir Director; Sherrie Aland, Theatre Director; and Kevin Moreman, Assistant Band Director. The first event that Dr. Gregory Ewing attended after arriving in Las Cruces was Oñate High School’s performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  Dr. Ewing is the new Superintendent for Las More >

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Graduations
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1,553 Seniors Set to Graduate from LCPS

 LAS CRUCES—Hundreds of high school students from throughout Las Cruces Public Schools will don their caps and gowns as the 2017 commencement ceremonies take place in Las Cruces from Friday, May 19 to Tuesday, May 23.  A total of 1,553 seniors are expected to graduate from the following schools:  Arrowhead Park Early College High School (104 graduates); Centennial High School (290 graduates); Las Cruces High School (337 graduates); Mayfield High School (294 graduates); Oñate High School (352 More >

Health
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Dept of Health: Stay Healthy & Safe During Holiday

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers tips for residents to stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, while enjoying all the outdoor activities New Mexico has to offer. With warmer temperatures, there are increased concerns with heat exposure, hydration, safe food handling when in the outdoors, and the return of mosquito season.  There are a variety of ways to reduce your health risks: Avoid Heat Induced Illness – There were 137 More >

Homeless
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Donate Food for LCPS Families for Spring Break

LAS CRUCES – While many LCPS families will be vacationing during spring break (March 24-28, 2014), some will be struggling to feed their children during those extra days they are not in school. The LCPS Project Link Homeless Education program is collecting food donations to help 25 of these struggling families. Project Link has received a generous donation from the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #2081 of Las Cruces, for the spring break food box donation project; but additional donations are More >

Human Resources
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Looking for a Job? Consider Attending LCPS Job Fair

LCPS is having its second job fair. Teachers, counselors and Speech-Language Pathologists are among the positions that need to be filled.  If you are interested, or know of someone who may qualify, get registered for the free job fair on March 4, 8am-noon at the LCPS Professional Development Center, 505 S. Main, Loretto Town Centre. Click this flyer to see the registration information. 

IPE
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I.P.E. | Straight Talk

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Las Cruces High School
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LCHS Junior Wins Count Me In! Car

Ernest Padilla Jr. accepting the keys to his new 2011 Toyota Corolla after winning the 9th Annual Count Me In! Car giveaway, Thursday, May 4 at the Field of Dreams Soccer Complex on Tashiro Road. The annual event represents the culmination of a year-long attendance initiative that awards one high school student with a car. (Pictured right to left: LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing, Las Cruces High School Principal Jed Hendee, LCHS Junior Ernest Padilla Jr., Vescovo Toyota CEO George Vescovo More >

LCHS Renovation Community Updates
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LAS CRUCES HIGH COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE IS SATURDAY

LAS CRUCES – The first phase of the Las Cruces High School renovation project is finished and the school is opening its doors so that the community can take a look at the new facilities. A community open house will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Principal Jed Hendee. Visitors should enter the school on the east side of El Paseo where the new sky bridge is located. The pedestrian bridge spanning El Paseo Road is one of the most unique features of the Las Cruces High More >

LCHS Renovations
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LCPS Construction Update, June 2014: Your Bond Dollars at Work

LCPS Construction Projects: June 2014 Update LAS CRUCES – Work on major construction projects continues at LCPS schools, according to a report submitted by LCPS Construction Projects Director Gloria Martinez to the LCPS Board of Education for its June 26, 2014 meeting. Here is an update on LCPS construction projects (June 2014 updates are in red.): • Remodel of Loma Heights Elementary School. The New Mexico Public Schools Facility Authority (PSFA) awarded $684,924 for educational More >

LCPS Foundation
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LCHS Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship

Eric Leung, LCHS 2016 Graduate Eric Leung, 17, who recently graduated from Las Cruces High School, has been awarded a University of New Mexico National Merit Scholarship.  He is among 3,000 high school students nationwide, and the only one in Las Cruces, who earned a National Merit Scholarship financed by various universities and colleges.  Universities, including UNM, select their winners from among the students who were named as Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Awards More >

LCPS TV
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Dept of Health: Stay Healthy & Safe During Holiday

SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) offers tips for residents to stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer, while enjoying all the outdoor activities New Mexico has to offer. With warmer temperatures, there are increased concerns with heat exposure, hydration, safe food handling when in the outdoors, and the return of mosquito season.  There are a variety of ways to reduce your health risks: Avoid Heat Induced Illness – There were 137 More >

LCPS TV News
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2014 (and Earlier) Graduation DVDs for Sale

Copies of 2014 commencement ceremonies at Arrowhead Park, Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate high schools and Rio Grande Preparatory Institute will be available for purchase from LCPS.TV, said LCPS.TV Manager Janice Garcia. You also can order videos of Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate graduations from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Videos are $10 each. For information, call 575.527.9428.

Legal Notices
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SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET OUTLINED AT TOWN HALL TODAY

LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds will explain during a town hall meeting today why the district is recommending multiple cuts in order to present a balanced 2015-16 budget to the Board of Education later this month. The town hall meeting begins at 5 p.m. today in the LCPS Administration Building Board Room, 505 S. Main. The meeting will be televised on CLC-TV, Comcast channel 20, said Communications Director Jo Galvan. The operational or state-funded portion of More >

Mayfield High School
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Info. Session for Military Academy Nominations, April 27 at MHS

To help explain the process of congressional nominations to high school students and recent graduates interested in applying to U.S. military service academies this fall, representatives from Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and Rep. Steve Pearce, will host a Military Service Academy Night, Thursday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Mayfield High School Library, 1955. N. Valley Drive. “Each year, I have the privilege of nominating some of the best and brightest young people from across More >

News Release
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Las Cruces Named Among Top Cities for K-12 Teachers

Citing factors such as strong educational values, the availability of full-time teaching positions, favorable teacher salaries and the low cost of living, consumer research website GoodCall.com, ranked Las Cruces 22 out of 689 U.S. cities identified as prime areas for teachers to live and work in the 3rd Annual “Best Cities for K-12 Teachers” report. “Las Cruces is home to a vibrant, supportive and collaborative educational community, and our teachers’ passion for education continues to be the More >

Non-Profit
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LCHS STUDENTS CONDUCTING ANNUAL LUMINARIA FUNDRAISER

LAS CRUCES – In its decades-old tradition, the Las Cruces High School Showcase Band’s 28th annual sale of holiday luminarias is underway. Sales will continue through Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  The luminaria fundraiser is the LCHS Showcase Band Parents Association’s biggest fundraiser during the year. Band students provide luminarias for the traditional display in the Town of Mesilla. Clark Myers, LCHS Band Parents Association luminaria coordinator, said in addition to selling luminarias More >

Open Surveys
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COMMUNITY ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION SURVEY

LAS CRUCES—Parents and community residents are asked to complete a short, 10-question survey that will help the Las Cruces Public Schools determine its strengths and weaknesses, and to make improvements, where needed.  Tim Hand, LCPS chief of staff, said the annual Quality of Education survey is available online, in both English and Spanish, from February 23 through May 1, 2016. Parents, staff and community residents do not have to give their names to complete the survey, he said. “The survey More >

Partnerships
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Donuts with Dads Event at Jornada Elementary

LAS CRUCES—New Mexico State Police officers will gladly accept a free donut when they participate in the Jornada Elementary School event “Donuts with Dad,” beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24.  School officials said the event will take place in the school cafeteria, 3400 Elks Drive. First-grade teacher Andrea Baker said fathers and grandfathers of the school’s first-graders have been invited to join their children for breakfast. Students who don’t have a father will be able to eat with More >

Policies and Regulations

EBCF: Firearms and Weapons on School District Property

EBCF Firearms on School District Property

Policy Review

GCQ: SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT

Download: GCQ Policy DRAFT 9.2016_3rdRead

Regulation Review

BEDB-R: Board Agenda Regulation

Download: BEDB-R_BoardAgenda_010617

Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
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Rio Grande Prep Hosts Community Health Fair

Rio Grande Preparatory Institute (RGPI) is giving the community a chance to get started on those New Year’s health and fitness resolutions by hosting the Second Annual For the Love of Fitness Day, a community health and fitness fair, Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at RGPI, 2355 Avenida de Mesilla. “We started this event to promote fitness and develop community partners,” said RGPI Principal Kathie Davis. “It also gives our students an opportunity to organize an event from the ground More >

Safety
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Bus Strike Possible – Parents Asked to Monitor Announcements

STS-NM, the private bus company, that provides transportation services for the Las Cruces Public Schools may face a bus strike by its drivers.  The drivers, who are not employees of the school district, have indicated that a strike is imminent.  LCPS is asking all parents to watch for daily announcements regarding the possible strike.  If a strike begins, parents will be asked to take and pick-up their children from school.  The only bus service during a strike would be for students with More >

Schools In the News
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Student Film Fest Puts Spotlight on Health

Students and staff members from Sierra Middle School celebrate earning “Oscar” awards for their student-produced, health-related short films at the Fifth Annual Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Film Festival. As part of a districtwide effort to highlight the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity, budding filmmakers from four Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) middle schools premiered their student-produced short films at the Fifth Annual Healthy Eating and Active Living More >

Section A

ADG: Shared Leadership

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Section B

BDE- Board Committees

BDE: Board Committees

Section C

CBI: Superintendent Evaluation

CBI Supt Evaluation

Section D

DJB: Procurement of Professional Services

DJB: Procurement of Professional Services

Section E

EBCF: Firearms and Weapons on School District Property

EBCF Firearms on School District Property

Section F

FFA: Naming School Facilities

Download: FFA: Naming School Facilities

Section G

GBAA: Title IX/Gender Equity (Staff)

GBAA Title IX/Gender Equity (Staff)

Section I

IHCG-R: K-3 Plus Regulation

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Section J

JB: Access to Education and Protections for Immigrant Students

JB: Access to Education and Protections for Immigrant Students

Section K

KLG-R: Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities

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Special Event
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LCPS BUDGET TO BE DISCUSSED IN TODAY’S TOWN HALL MEETING

LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds will explain the proposed 2016/17 school district budget during a town hall meeting on Monday, May 23. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in the LCPS Administration Building Board Room, 505 S. Main, Loretto Towne Centre. The Superintendent’s presentation will be also be web-streamed online at www.LCPS.TV, said Jo Galvan, district spokesperson. The operational budget, the portion that is state-funded, is estimated at $187.2 million for More >

STEM
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STEM Starts Early at Science Day Lab

One of the best ways to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is to introduce it at an early age.  That’s exactly what the Doña Ana Community College does every year with students from Tombaugh Elementary School.  Students get some fun, hands-on activities with professors from the DACC.  Read about the partnership by clicking here.

Straight Talk
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2016 Mill Levy Election | Straight Talk

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Superintendent
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Superintendent Advocates for Public School Funding

Dr. Greg Ewing, LCPS Superintendent, is among six superintendents from across the state who spoke against further cuts to public school funding. Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing was among several school superintendents who were in Santa Fe recently conveying a strong message to legislators regarding budget shortages.  He spoke during a news conference at the capitol steps. Dr. Ewing’s remarks focused on the lack of adequate funding for Las Cruces’ schools and that budget cuts More >

Technology
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Jornada Students Qualify for the NM FLL Championship

LAS CRUCES—The Jornada Elementary Thunderbirds competed in the First LEGO League® at the Las Cruces Qualifier at Oñate High School on November 14, 2015. This is the first year for this rookie team that is comprised of three girls and seven boys, two coaches and three mentors.  Jornada placed second in the Champion’s Award category. According to the First LEGO League web site, the Thunderbirds met the following criteria:  “FLL’s Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FLL More >

Training
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Mandatory Meeting for Fundraising With Food in Schools

Fundraising in schools requires some specific guidelines when there’s food or food items involved.  Businesses, school groups, clubs or others who want to hold school fundraisers or sell food on campuses must attend one of two meetings set on Tuesday, August 11 at the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main, at either 4:00 or 5:30 p.m.  Click on the flyer to read more about it.

Uncategorized

DJA: Approval of Procurements

DJA Approval of Procurements

Your Voice
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COMMUNITY ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION SURVEY

LAS CRUCES—Parents and community residents are asked to complete a short, 10-question survey that will help the Las Cruces Public Schools determine its strengths and weaknesses, and to make improvements, where needed.  Tim Hand, LCPS chief of staff, said the annual Quality of Education survey is available online, in both English and Spanish, from February 23 through May 1, 2016. Parents, staff and community residents do not have to give their names to complete the survey, he said. “The survey More >