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LCPS superintendent: The time is now for balanced calendar

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“If we’re going to do something different for our kids, let’s do it right. Let’s do it now.”

That’s what Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Ralph Ramos said April 22 as he told the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce the school district’s new balanced calendar is “going to be a great thing.”

Ramos said classes will begin districtwide on July 20 instead of in August, as a result of the LCPS Board of Education’s vote earlier this year to adopt a balanced calendar.

The 2022-23 school year will begin in July with nine weeks of classes, Ramos said, followed by a two-week intercession, five weeks of classes, a week’s break for Thanksgiving, four weeks of classes, a two-week break for the winter holiday, nine weeks of classes, a two-week intercession in the spring, nine weeks of classes and a six-week summer break in 2023.

The new calendar includes 10 additional days of instruction over last year.

“Within this schedule, we’re going to see some extra day of enriched learning,” said Ramos, a former math teacher who was principal of Camino Real Middle School for 13 years before becoming superintendent in 2021 after the death of Karen Trujillo.

With the community’s help and support, LCPS is “maximizing opportunities for kids” with the implementation of the balanced calendar and a five-year strategic plan that the state is adopting as a model, Ramos said.

The superintendent said LCPS will now also pay for travel and meals for students participating in school activities, so student and parent groups don’t have to spend so much time fundraising.   Chamber CEO gets honorary degree

Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Debbi Moore has been chosen by Doña Ana Community College as its 2022 honorary degree recipient, chamber Board Chair Craig Buchanan said in a chamber newsletter.

“This is a great honor acknowledging Debbi’s outstanding work on behalf of our community,” Buchanan said.