Karen Trujillo

LAS CRUCES – When the Sun-News was approached last year by Las Cruces Public Schools about the possibility of contributing a weekly column, we thought it would be a great way to help keep the lines of communication open between the district’s administration and the community we both serve. This was need was made more evident with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the shuttering of school buildings and drove learning to online platforms.

For almost a year, that column has been featured in the Community section each Sunday.

More often than not, the column was written by Superintendent Karen Trujillo, who died Thursday after being struck by a minivan while out walking her dogs. Here, we’ve compiled the columns Trujillo wrote for the Sun-News. They provide an insight into how Trujillo led the district, what she valued, and why she was admired by so many of her peers and colleagues.

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May 24, 2020: What your child’s classroom will look like next year

Even as the school year wound down and Memorial Day approached, Trujillo began preparing the community that school would likely continue to look different when instruction resumed in the fall. She told concerned parents about conversations taking place between the Public Education Department and superintendents around the state, and reassured them that the health and safety of their children would always come first.