LCPS chief financial officer moved to new role amid community outrage over budget

LAS CRUCES – Ed Ellison will no longer be CFO of Las Cruces Public Schools.

The change was confirmed Thursday afternoon, after the National Education Association, Classified School Employees Council, Families Advocacy for Change in Education and Las Cruces Education Advocacy and Awareness issued a joint press release earlier in the morning to oust Ellison. Some of Ellison’s comments when presenting the annual budget to the board and answering questions caused unrest in the crowd.

“Honestly, I don’t see what providing more public contributions to this is going to change in the budget other than making certain special interests feel better about themselves,” he added. Ellison said around 11 p.m. Tuesday night during the meeting of the board of directors.

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Table passed the $600 million budget in a split vote despite protesting before the meeting, public comments asking for more community input, and the NEA and CSEC unions pushing back.

Las Cruces Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Ed Ellison presents the district's operating budget for 2019-2020 at the school board meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

However, Ellison’s position was not contingent on Tuesday’s budget decision, according to the district.

LCPS communications director Kelly Jameson said Ellison has accepted a position with the district as chief information officer, a job that would involve gathering data and information about technology resources for the district. ‘administration. He would report directly to Superintendent Ralph Ramos.

Ramos informed the school board of the change during an executive session, which took place just before the board meeting on Tuesday afternoon, Jameson said.

Jameson said Ellison would continue as chief financial officer until a replacement is found.

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