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					NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2010

Contact: Jo Galvan, Director of Communications • jgalvan@lcps.k12.nm.us
575.527.5811



              Las Cruces High School To Get Facelift
             LCPS asking for input on potential re-design of school buildings


LAS CRUCES --- Since it opened its doors in 1955, Las Cruces High School had undergone multiple

changes to its facilities — classrooms have been added, some have been remodeled, and others haven’t

been touched since they were built. That’s all about to change, according to officials from the Las Cruces

Public Schools.

        Since April 2010, a steering committee has been

working on a plan to upgrade the 55-year-old building, said

Herb Torres, LCPS associate superintendent for operations.

The 33-member committee will eventually recommend to the

Board of Education how the facilities and grounds could be

changed to bring them to present-day building standards.

        “This school has withstood the test of time but not all of the building is in good shape, primarily

because of its age,” said Torres. “Portions of the school have been remodeled, but we need an

overarching plan to get the entire structure up to code, and to ensure we have a learning environment that

will last for the next 50 years.”

        The first preview of the recommendations will be given during a community open house from

5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, October 11, at Las Cruces High, 1750 El Paseo Road. Torres said the district

wants to get as much public input as possible before making recommendations about the future layout of

the school. The open house will be held in the LCHS north commons area, adjacent to the school

cafeteria.
       “Las Cruces High School has a long tradition in this community of serving the needs of students.

That tradition will continue and we want this older building to have what it takes to educate 21st century

learners,” said Superintendent Stan Rounds. “LCHS, like any other high school, should have appropriate

classroom sizes, good technology infrastructure, accommodations for the disabled, and a good floor plan

that compliments the academic environment.”

       Torres said several planners from Architectural Research Consultants of Albuquerque (ARC)

will be available at the open house to answer questions and listen to suggestions. They will display

large drawings to help illustrate potential changes to the school’s academic areas, athletic facilities and

outdoor fields, areas for visual and performing arts, the cafeteria, and the multimedia center, and the

potential locations within the building for small learning communities where students are grouped by

grade level, Torres added.

       Torres said anyone interested in seeing the proposed plans can drop in at any time during the

two-hour open house. Refreshments will be served. Suggestions received during the open house will

be forwarded to the Steering Committee, which will meet again before making its presentation to the

Board of Education. The committee is comprised of teachers, school staff, students, parents,

community residents and LCPS administrators.



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