By Mike Cook
Las Cruces Bulletin
By a 4-1 vote, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education decided not to extend the contract of LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds.
At the board’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16, members Maury Castro, Ed Frank, Chuck Davis and President Maria Flores voted not to cancel Rounds’ current contract, which would have paved the way to give him a new contract with an additional year. Board member Barbara Hall voted in favor of cancelling Rounds’ current contract and creating a new contract that would have extended his tenure as superintendent.
The vote is “not intended as a negative action in any way,” Flores said. “Superintendent Rounds continues as the leader of LCPS,” she said, adding that the school board will continue to work with him.
Based on their vote, Flores then announced there was no reason for the board to take another vote, which was listed on the board’s agenda. School district officials said by not taking a vote, Rounds’ current contract remains in place through June 30, 2017.
The board’s new attorney, Elena Gallegos of Albuquerque, was present at the meeting and met with the school board in a closed executive session prior to the open meeting.
Rounds was hired by LCPS in February 2007.