LAPS approves 2008-2009 budget

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By Gabriel Vasquez

The Los Alamos Public School Board of Education approved the 2008-2009 budget, citing concerns over decreased enrollment and discussing ways to relieve increased costs for food services during its special board meeting Thursday.

In an attempt to make up strong financial losses caused by rising insurance rates and a drop in enrollment, School Board President Steve Girrens and other board members suggested “opening the doors” to out of district students.

“We’ve got to pay attention to numbers, and what we can possibly do to increase them,” Girrens said. “Is there something we can do to fix this? When do we open our doors to out of district students?”

Some board members responded to the idea with enthusiasm but others, like Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod, said caution should be taken if such a decision were to be made.

“It’s not a simple thing,” she said. “We have to really look and see what we would do if we start taking out of district kids. There may not be as many people who are going to want to do this with the price of gas.”

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