Board of Education Votes Unanimously to Honor Trujillo

Districts’ administration building will be named for late superintendent 

 

Las Cruces Public Schools’ downtown headquarters – known as the administration building, or informally by staff as “central office – will be renamed following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the district’s Board of Education. 

The building will now be called the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administration Complex

The move follows a motion by the board at its March 16 regular meeting to appoint a building renaming committee. 

The committee, chaired by LCPS Physical Plant Executive Director Bobby Stout, was tasked with gathering public input on suggested names. According to Stout and committee member Samantha Lewis, LCPS public relations coordinator, input was solicited using a survey circulated in English and Spanish. In all, more than 1,000 people submitted feedback. 

Stout and Lewis presented results to the board Tuesday night. More than 70 percent voted in favor of renaming the building for Trujillo. 

According to LCPS policy, renaming district facilities is the responsibility of the Board of Education, which has the prerogative to select a name after a distinguished person, living or deceased, who has made an outstanding contribution to the community, county, state or nation. 

Trujillo, a career educator, served as the district superintendent from 2019 to 2021. Prior to taking the helm, Trujillo worked for more than three decades as a teacher, principal, administrator, researcher, andprior to leading LCPS, was the New Mexico Secretary of Education. On Feb. 25, Trujillo was struck and killed near her home while walking her dogs. She was 50 years old.

“At the heart of everything she did, Dr. Trujillo was an advocate for students,” said LCPS Chief of Staff Sean Barham, who worked closely with Trujillo during her tenure as superintendent. “And the administration building supports everything we do in the classroom, so it is fitting that her legacy live on as a permanent name in education for the teachers, students and staff at Las Cruces Public Schools.”

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