8-21-2021 SFPS Mourns the Loss of Board Member

SFPS Expresses Sorrow Over the Passing of SFPS Board Member Lorraine Price
Posted on 08/21/2021

The Santa Fe Public Schools is mourning the passing of Board Member, former teacher and administrator, Lorraine Price.

 

In a notice to SFPS faculty and staff, Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez said, “It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of our beloved friend and leader, Lorraine Price, who joined the SFPS Board of Education in March 2013, representing District 5 with great distinction, after 20 years of service as a teacher and administrator in SFPS.  She was a tireless advocate for children, particularly with regard to social justice and students’ health and safety.  In 2019, the Board nominated Ms. Price, then vice president, for a New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence in Student Achievement Award as ‘a shining light and role model for us all.’”

 

“Lorraine Price contributed a lifetime of wisdom, leadership, advocacy for equity and humor to Santa Fe’s Public Schools. We can never repay all that she gave us,” said SFPS Board President, Kate Noble. “Last week, she was listening to loud music and thinking about how to keep people safe from COVID. We have work to do in her honor.”

 

Ms. Price said in her biography that she was on one side or the other of the desk in education since she was four years old.  She moved to Santa Fe in 1985 and served as a teacher, assistant principal or principal at Gonzales Elementary School, Capshaw Middle School, Pinon Elementary School, Santa Fe High School and Capital High School.

Superintendent Chavez recalled Ms. Price’s comments in the newspaper last year. “As we experienced the impact on Black lives from George Floyd’s death in 2020, Ms. Price joined a colleague in voicing her opinion, saying, ‘Where do we go from here? We have got to deal with the fact that America has a justice system that does not work for everybody. We have got to come together to talk about what we are going to do, how we are going to do it and, as African Americans, we must decide how we will protect ourselves.”

She came to New Mexico in 1972, having earned a B.A. at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  She earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and worked in education at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College.

“Our deepest condolences are extended to her family and the many people in Santa Fe whose lives she touched,” said Superintendent Chavez.


SFPS will keep our faculty and staff informed of any plans and memorial details the family would like to share.  


“For now, we have so many wonderful memories of Ms. Price and will miss her so very much,” said Superintendent Chavez.


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