On Thursday, Feb. 28, Las Cruces Public Schools Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Wendi Miller-Tomlinson was the invited guest speaker at a meeting of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces. Miller-Tomlinson explained the upcoming changes to high school schedules.

Dr. Wendi Miller-Tomlinson speaks to members of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Miller-Tomlinson told Optimists that the current state requirement for high school graduation is 24 credits, but LCPS currently requires 29 credits — with those five extra credits being electives. The current high-school graduation rate in Las Cruces is 87 percent, compared to the state at 70-75 percent. Despite this statistic, the five additional required credits may be a barrier to graduation for some students. For this reason, the LCPS School Board recently approved a reduction in required credits to 24.

Las Cruces Public Schools Associate Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Wendi Miller-Tomlinson is presented with The Optimist Creed from Scott McLaughlin, President-Elect of the Optimist Club of Las Cruces on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2018.

This will mean a change from having a class every other day to having all classes every day and a seven-period day. Classes will be approximately 45 minutes long, instead of the current hour and a half. The change adds up to about 15 extra days of instruction, and will provide teachers with a little extra prep time.

Students have expressed concern about extra homework and testing, as well as having to carry all their books every day. Miller-Tomlinson told Optimists that those details are currently being worked out.

The Optimist Club of Las Cruces meets at 6:30 a.m. each Thursday for breakfast at IHOP, 2900 N. Telshor Blvd.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net