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LAPS and UNM-LA set positive course

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By Carol A. Clark

A spirit of collaboration is emerging between Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos, replacing a climate of contention between the institutions during the last couple of years.The relationship began to strain after it came to light that UNM-LA was paying $1 dollar per year to LAPS to lease a building, which they in turn subleased to Los Alamos National Laboratory for $60,000 a year.Several new board members, a new executive director at the college and a new high school principal seem to have risen above bad feelings and joined forces to benefit students at both institutions.During Tuesday's school board meeting, LAPS Curriculum Director Kate Thomas explained that she, Los Alamos High School Principal Grace Brown, UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page and others began meeting in October. Brown, Page and Thomas took several teachers down to the Public Education Department in Santa Fe where they learned about two intriguing grants that could benefit both schools. One was the Carl Perkins Grant, in which they may partner with Pojoaque. The other is the Tech Prep Grant."The Tech Prep Grant is what we really want," Thomas told the board.