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LAPS bolsters art education with $209,000 grant

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By Jennifer Garcia

So far 2011 has not been kind to school districts in the State of New Mexico; Los Alamos is no exception. Due to tough financial times, districts were forced to cut 3.4 percent from their budgets this year.

LAPS received some help from Los Alamos County by way of reducing fees at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and agreeing to share certain employee costs, but were still forced to trim approximately $600,000 from its budget.

Despite the cuts, the LAPS Fine Arts Program continues to thrive thanks to the Fine Arts Education Act Grant. For the past 10 years, LAPS has received funding through the FAEA grant. LAPS teacher Kim Letellier, serves as the fine arts grant coordinator. She’s also the music team leader for the district.

During the LAPS Board work session Thursday night, Letellier gave board members a presentation about the grant and explained what the funds are used for and how it works.

“The intent and purpose of the Fine Arts Education Act is to provide funds for direct instruction and/or professional development only in the fine arts content areas (as) identified in the legislation: theater arts, music, dance and visual arts,” according to a handout Letellier provided.

The funds are disbursed as part of the budgeted State Equalization Guarantee, or SEG.


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