LAPS mulls closing of Chamisa

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Preliminary talks have begun on how best to serve students and save money

By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for a way to tighten its belt without reducing the quality of education or reducing teaching positions, but as the school board has found, that this is no easy task.
During Thursday night’s school board meeting at Chamisa Elementary, board members began a preliminary discussion about the possibility of restructuring White Rock schools. Parents patiently waited to voice their opinions about the possibility of closing Chamisa Elementary and finally got their chance during the work session, scheduled after the regular school board meeting.
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said that as the state continues to cut funding, the district is looking at providing the most efficient and high-quality education it can. He said one option that the district was considering entailed closing Chamisa and moving the district offices to that location. Chamisa students, in turn, would move to Piñon Elementary.
“We have 40 students fewer at Chamisa. We’re down by 26,” Schmidt said. “If we didn’t have out-of-district students, it would be more dramatic.”

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