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Honoring Karen Trujillo


Sept. 25 would have been the late Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo’s 51st birthday. It’s also the day LCPS renamed its administration building at 505 S. Main St. in her honor. Before being chased inside by an early autumn rainstorm, the large crowd applauded as Trujillo’s successor, Ralph Ramos, pulled the cord and unveiled the building's new name. Those in attendance included LCPS Board of Education members Ray Jaramillo, Maria Flores, Pamela Cort and Teresa Tenorio, Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tempore Kassandra Gandara and City Councilor Yvonne Flores, Doña Ana County Manager Fernando Macias and Trujillo’s husband, Ben, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Apodaca. The Mayfield High School Air Force ROTC presented the colors, the Centennial High School Bella Voce Ensemble performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and Las Cruces High School’s Mariachi Diamante performed “Las Mañanitas.” LCPS Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer was the event’s emcee.

Karen Trujillo, LCPS administration building