LAPS looks to the future

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By Jennifer Garcia

2010 is winding down quickly, but Los Alamos Public Schools administration already is thinking about 2011.
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe are thinking about the impact of the state budget on the district’s long-range financial plan. With a new governor coming into office in January, there are some concerns about how education will be impacted and how much, if any, it will be cut.
“I don’t understand education cuts,” Schmidt said. “Sixty-one percent of education money goes into the classroom currently, but what about the other 39 percent?”
Schmidt said he and members of his administration have been meeting for the past three months in an effort to put together a long-range financial plan.  On Jan. 4, LAPS administration will meet with state officials for a breakfast at Aspen Elementary, during which they will discuss education and the possible effects that school districts around the state will feel, should education be cut.
“We’re putting together a gathering to reaffirm that education is important,” Schmidt said.
Wolfe said that one of the major problems that LAPS faces is unfunded mandates.
“We have to do them, but there’s no funding from the state,” he said.

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