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Letter to the editor 04-20-14

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Questions about school board

It felt ironic sitting between two beautiful public school principals while facing four male school board members at the recent board meeting on tax-deadline Tuesday (April 15). The fact that the only female board member and board president was not present that evening made the irony mysterious.

Two days later, when I read the Los Alamos Monitor headline “Schmidt’s contract OK’d”, I felt the irony deepen. If Dr. Eugene Schmidt would agree to stay beyond that year, I would urge the board to abandon its search for a new superintendent, since it would be foolish to lose such a man with his qualities and capability. 

Allow me to explain.

Almost five years ago, while sitting in the opening ceremonies for the new school year, newly hired Superintendent Schmidt presented his vision for the public schools. He began with a simple slogan: “If Our Hearts Are Right.” That felt to me right on and I wondered if it was more than rhetoric. I resolved to find out.

When Dr. Schmidt rode my school bus as his first experience with the transportation department, we had an opportunity to get better acquainted. Soon, I’m pleased to say, that acquaintance developed into a friendship and I have learned that his motto is in no way simply rhetoric.


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