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LCPS Superintendent resigns


Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Ralph Ramos announced his resignation today, saying his last day will be Friday, April 7.

In a letter to staff and teachers, Ramos said he was resigning to “move forward with those retirement plans.”

Beyond that, there were no specifics detailing a reason for his resignation.

LCPS board member Ray Jaramillo also resigned.

“I would like to thank Mr. Ramos and Mr. Jaramillo for their services and I enjoyed working with them,” said Teresa Tenorio, LCPS school board president.

Ramos, a longtime educator in LCPS, and for 13 years principal at Camino Real Middle School, began his tenure as superintendent March 1, 2021, following the death of then-superintendent Karen Trujillo.

Ramos cited Trujillo in his letter to staff and teachers.

“Filling the shoes of Dr. Karen Trujillo was the greatest challenge of my career, and I accepted it with honor. … We put in motion Dr. Trujillo’s vision for re-entry.  We improved staffing levels in our schools and we successfully implemented a balanced calendar that students and staff resoundingly asked for. We brought parity for students in activities, fine arts and athletics.”

Ramos also thanked the teachers and staff for their work.

“I also want to thank each of you for the hard work you do every day for our students to provide quality instruction and experiences that extend beyond the classroom,” Ramos said.

Jaramillo was re-elected to his board position in 2022, and his term was to run through 2026. Here’s what Jaramillo said in a letter on Facebook:

“In January, I purchased Alpha School for Young Children, a school I have worked for nearly three decades. My commitment to the Alpha School children, families, and staff has become so great that it has diminished my ability to fulfill my LCPS Board of Education requirements successfully. Recently, my wife and daughter have also been dealing with health issues that have needed my attention. For these reasons, it is best to step aside to allow someone with the time and energy needed to fulfill the requirements an opportunity to serve in this voluntary position.”

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