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From Las Cruces SunNews Oct.7 2013

LAS CRUCES >> The New Mexico Public Education Commission approved the charter for a new health-focused middle and high school, the Health Sciences Academy, to open in the Gadsden school district next fall.

The new school will begin recruiting students for seventh through tenth grade next spring, with plans to add grades 11 and 12 over the next two years.

Ron Haugen, a former superintendent of Gadsden and Anthony, Texas, school districts, will be the school’s top administrator.

The El Paso Children’s Hospital, La Clinica de la Familia and New Mexico State University’s College of Health Sciences have agreed to create internships at their facilities for the high school students, the school’s founders say.

The school will also offer evening classes to adults who haven’t earned their diplomas.

For more information, contact Raphael Nevins, a member of the school’s governing board, at 505-463-3152.