EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education appointed Ralph Ramos as interim superintendent on Monday.
The board held a moment of silence to honor the district’s former superintendent, Dr. Karen Trujillo, who died last week after being struck by a vehicle while walking her dogs Thursday night.
Ramos, principal of Camino Real Middle School, said it was an honor to serve the schools and remember Trujillo after being named interim superintendent.
He said it is his goal is to keep the community together through difficult times and ensure all employees under LCPS take on challenges together.
“The carrying of leadership that she demonstrated for us all to learn and grow from, I know I definitely learned from her so much,” Ramos said.
Ramos was chosen unanimously by the school board and will receive an extra $16,354 prorated salary in addition to his current salary of $100,938. He begins his time as interim on Wednesday and will continue to do so until June 30 or until the board hires a permanent superintendent.
It was an emotional endeavor for the five-member school board, who often reflected on the impact Trujillo had on the community.
“I’ve been going through intermittent crying for days. When we realized we were going to have to select an acting or interim superintendent, it felt like just another sword in the heart,” said Teresa Tenorio, the school board trustee of District 4.
The board began their meeting in executive session before a public discussion on possible action to appoint an acting and/or interim superintendent and discussion related to next steps for filling the superintendent vacancy.
Because the board is meeting virtually, members of the public can view the session via a live stream: