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District considers new home

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School administration eyes Pueblo Complex

By Carol A. Clark

Longstanding issues surrounding the Trinity Development Project are now precipitating at Los Alamos Public Schools.

School board members Thursday evening approved funding to commission a design concept of what a space for the district offices would look like at the Pueblo Complex on Diamond Drive.

The district must move from its current location at 751 Trinity Dr., by the end of May.

“We are looking at the feasibility of moving our district offices into the middle part of the complex where the gymnasium is now,” Superintendent Gene Schmidt said during an interview this morning. “Many tenants currently in the complex won’t be displaced. There’s a Teacher’s Credit Union, Family Strengths Network, LAPS Foundation and many LANL offices that won’t be affected should we locate there. We would have to find alternatives for the community basketball, badminton and those types of activities now taking place in the gym.”

The board voted 5-0 to approve the $184,000 needed to pay for the design concept and a small amount of site preparation work, Schmidt said.

LAPS Business Director John Wolfe said this morning the $184,000 would come from the district’s lease fund and not out of operational accounts.

“We’ll be holding an event at 3:45 p.m., Thursday at Smith Auditorium for Pueblo Complex tenants and community members to hear more about this project,” Wolfe said.

The board also approved a memo of understanding with Los Alamos County regarding material management and warehouse operations presently

located on the Trinity Site.

“The MOU outlines the protocols that will be in place for the move and establishes what will take place once the move is in progress. The MOU also lays the groundwork that will be included in the final contract agreement expected to be signed in early November,” Schmidt said.

The material management, warehouse operations and transportation facilities will begin moving off the Trinity Site property in varying shifts throughout December, January and February over to the Airport Basin Site.

The board approved 5-0 the resolution for a referendum election to be held Feb. 2.

“Lots of conversation and consideration were given to both positions and if UNM-LA decides to hold their mil levy election on the same day then we welcome that partnership. Once again it’s important to emphasis that ours is a continuation of a mil levy that began five years ago and because the laws have changed, the new mil levy we are proposing will be for six years,” Schmidt said.

UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page explained this morning that the college is indeed looking at a Feb. 2 election date as well but must wait for UNM Regents to approve both that date and the election itself.

“Everything seems to be lining up very well and we anticipate regent approval when they meet Nov. 10,” Page said.