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This month the citizens of White Rock and Los Alamos will be instructing their school board, though a mail-in ballot, on the future direction of the schools’ physical facilities.
Having rebuilt the high school and the middle school, do we continue marching though our five elementary schools, as recommended by the Citizens Review Committee 20 Year Plan, or do we stop, postponing the job for a future generation?
Several articles in the Los Alamos Monitor have emphasized that a continuation of the building program will require no new taxes, which is true. But I’d like to highlight a different incentive relating to the physical condition of our schools and our eligibility for matching funds.
Every year a branch of our state government (the Public Schools Finance Authority or PSFA) evaluates and ranks the quality of the physical facilities underlying every school in New Mexico. In the latest ranking, released this fall, four of our five elementary schools ranked in the bottom 15 percent in the state in terms of the suitability of the facilities for providing a quality education. Aspen School ranked in bottom three percent of the more than 700 schools evaluated.
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