Board OKs upgrades to LAPS HQ

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By Jennifer Garcia

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has approved moving ahead with a $400,000 round of improvements to the district’s administrative headquarters.

Jim Graf of Van H. Gilbert Architect PC shared renderings with improvements of the administrative office at 2075 Trinity Dr.

Plans include handicapped-accessible spaces and modifications to the parking lot grade.

In addition, the building will be made more user-friendly, with a clearly marked entrance and a break room for employees. The project will carry an estimated cost of $400,000.

Following a timeline discussion, board members decided that the project should be tackled quickly. It will come back for a formal vote at a future meeting.

“It’s a small enough project,” Board Member Dawn Venhaus said.

Kevin Powers of RBC Capital Markets gave board members an update on LAPS bond sale information. He talked about the gains and losses that the financial markets went through in recent years.

“You turned a corner and got back into positive territory,” he told board members. He said while the district had seen a decline in 2009 and 2010, most counties experienced a decline in 2011, while Los Alamos did not.

Rounding out the board’s agenda, Community Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen presented a slideshow illustrating the ways in which students and faculty implement community assets in their daily lives.