Las Cruces Public Schools, New Mexico

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Las Cruces Public Schools
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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District Profile
Superintendent:Stan Rounds
Enrollment:25,353 students
Graduation rate:66.8%[1]
Number of schools:41
Budget: $176.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bonnie Votaw
Board members:5
Term length:4
Las Cruces Public Schools is a school district in New Mexico that served 25,353 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the second-largest by enrollment in the state of New Mexico.

About the district

Las Cruces Public Schools is located in Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

Las Cruces Public Schools is located in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The county seat is Las Cruces. Dona Ana County is home to 213,460 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Dona Ana County overperformed compared to the rest of New Mexico in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.0 percent of Dona Ana County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.6 percent for New Mexico as a whole. The median household income for Dona Ana County was $38,462 compared to $44,886 for the state of New Mexico. The percentage of people below poverty level for Dona Ana County was 25.8 percent while it was 19.5 percent for the state of New Mexico.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Dona Ana County (%) New Mexico (%)
White 92.2 82.9
Black or African American 2.2 2.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 10.4
Asian 1.3 1.6
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.2
Two or more race 1.8 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 66.6 47.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.0 41.1
2008 58.0 41.0
2004 51.0 48.0
2000 51.3 45.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The superintendent of Las Cruces Public Schools is Stan Rounds. Serving in this role since February 2007, his contract runs through June 30, 2016. In 2014, he was the highest paid in the school district, earning $170,783.[7] Rounds has been a school superintendent in New Mexico for over 30 years, serving in Des Moines, Hobbs, Alamogordo and Las Cruces. Additionally, he has been an associate state superintendent for finance with the State Department of Education and was the financial analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee.[8]

School board

Las Cruces Public Schools are overseen by a five-member board elected to four-year terms.[9]

Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Chuck Davis 1 2001 2017
Barbara Hall 2 2011 2017
Maria A. Flores 3 2009 2017
Maury Castro 4 2015 2019
Edward Frank 5 2015 2019

School board elections

See also: Las Cruces Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Las Cruces Public Schools board of education are elected to staggered four-year terms. Elections take place the first Tuesday in February of each odd-numbered year.[10] Two seats are up for election in 2015 and three seats are up for election in 2017.

Public participation in board meetings

The Las Cruces Public Schools board of education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[11]

A. The Las Cruces Board of Education conducts its regularly scheduled Board meetings to receive information and make decisions that serve the needs of the students of the Las Cruces Public School District. The Board President or presiding officer will conduct these meetings in an orderly manner.

B. The public is invited and encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings; however, there is no requirement or obligation on the part of the Board to allow or recognize comments from the audience.

C. The Las Cruces Board of Education provides a designated portion of the agenda of regularly scheduled monthly meetings for public comment. Any group wishing to speak under Public Input shall designate a spokesperson. The individual or spokesperson desiring to address the Board shall complete a sign-in card provided in the Board Room prior to the start of the meeting.

D. Public comment will be limited to three (3) minutes per individual speaker and five (5) minutes for each group spokesperson. The Board President or presiding officer may further restrict or waive these time limits.

E. The Board President or presiding officer retains the authority to rule on the appropriateness of the subject matter being discussed. Disorderly or inappropriate conduct will not be allowed.

F. The Board will not generally answer questions or respond to issues brought forth under Public Input. Members of the Board, the Superintendent or administrative staff are under no obligation to answer or respond to issues brought forth during or subsequent to the meeting.

G. The Board of Education does not prohibit public comment upon personnel matters. However, any person making public comments shall be solely responsible for the content of his or her comments. The Board of Education neither adopts nor assumes responsibility for any comments made by individuals during the “Public Input” section at Board meetings. The Board of Education shall not make comment, endorse, sanction or act upon any comments made during the “Public Input” section of board meetings.[12]


The table below displays the budget for the Las Cruces School District:[13]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2013-2014 $129,188,755 73.1% $17,631,792 10% $28,091,347 15.9% $72,000 0% $1,721,800 1% $176,705,694
Averages: $129,188,755 73% $17,631,792 10% $28,091,347 16% $72,000 0% $1,721,800 1% $176,705,694

Teacher salaries

Las Cruces Public Schools employed 1,569 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

The following tables detail the 2014-2015 salary schedule for certified teachers in Las Cruces Public Schools:[14][15][16]

Salary structure - Level 1
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 34,000 35,020
BA + 15 35,020 36,040
BA + 45 or MA 36,040 37,060
MA + 15 37,060 38,080
MA + 45 or EDS 38,080 39,100
Salary structure - Level 2
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 40,001 47,641
BA + 15 40,010 57,494
BA + 45 or MA 40,020 59,924
MA + 15 40,030 61,723
MA + 45 or EDS 40,040 63,575
Salary structure - Level 3
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 50,001 55,631
BA + 15 50,010 57,500
BA + 45 or MA 50,020 61,412
MA + 15 50,030 63,255
MA + 45 or EDS 50,040 65,152

Schools in Las Cruces


Las Cruces Public Schools serves 24,710 students in 41 schools as of the 2014-2015 school year. The district's enrollment has held relatively steady in recent years.[17]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2012-2013 24,801
2013-2014 24,642 -0.6
2014-2015 24,710 0.3

District schools

Las Cruces Public Schools operates 41 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Las Cruces Public Schools
Arrowhead Park Early College High School
Arrowhead Park Medical Academy
Alameda Elementary School
Booker T. Washington Elementary School
Camino Real Middle School
Centennial High School
Central Elementary School
Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School
Columbia Elementary School
Conlee Elementary School
Desert Hills Elementary School
Dona Ana Elementary School
East Picacho Elementary School
Fairacres Elementary School
Hermosa Heights Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Hillrise Elementary School
J.U.M.P. (Joint Ungraded Multi-Age Primary)
Jornada Elementary School
Las Cruces High School
Loma Heights Elementary School
Lynn Middle School
MacArthur Elementary School
Mayfield High School
Mesa Middle School
Mesilla Elementary
Mesilla Park Elementary
Mesilla Valley Alternative Middle School
Monte Vista Elementary School
Oñate High School
Picacho Middle School
Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
Sierra Middle School
Sonoma Elementary School
Sunrise Elementary School
Tombaugh Elementary School
University Hills Elementary School
Valley View Elementary School
Vista Middle School
White Sands School
Zia Middle School

Contact information

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Las Cruces Public Schools
505 S. Main St. Ste.249
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: (575) 527-5800

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. New Mexico Public Education Department, "Cohort of 2013 Graduation Rates," accessed December 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "Las Cruces Public Schools," accessed December 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Dona Ana County, New Mexico," accessed December 4, 2014
  4. Dona Ana County, "Election Results Archive," accessed December 4, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Las Cruces Sun-News, "Public Payrolls 2014: Las Cruces Public Schools," April 26, 2014
  8. Las Cruces Public Schools, "School Board Extends Superintendent’s Contract," February 26, 2014
  9. Las Cruces Public Schools, "Board Members," accessed December 5, 2014
  10. Las Cruces Public Schools, "School Board Policies: BBB: Board Membership – Elections And Terms Of Office," accessed December 5, 2014
  11. Las Cruces Public Schools, "School Board Policies: BEDH: Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed December 5, 2014
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Las Cruces Public Schools, "Proposed Operational Budget by Function," accessed December 5, 2013
  14. Las Cruces Public Schools, "2014-15 Salary Schedule - Certified Teacher Level I," accessed December 26, 2014
  15. Las Cruces Public Schools, "2014-15 Salary Schedule - Certified Teacher Level II," accessed December 26, 2014
  16. Las Cruces Public Schools, "2014-15 Salary Schedule - Certified Teacher Level III," accessed December 26, 2014
  17. Las Cruces Public Schools, "Enrollment," accessed December 26, 2014