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Letters to the Editor 2-01-17

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Jim Hall has leadership that is needed on school board

Voters in the Piñon district have a choice that one wishes every voter would always have, namely, two excellent candidates. I have had the pleasure to work with Jim Hall and Ellen Ben-Naim. They are both dedicated public servants who care deeply about our students, teachers, and schools.
If I were eligible to vote, I’d give my nod to Jim Hall. Jim has a remarkable set of experiences from leading business computing at the lab to serving as the State Chief Information Officer, to serving as a county councilor, our state representative, and president of the school board. Jim is also a successful businessman and property developer, who serves on the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. He understands budgets and information technology from both a private and public sector perspective. His breadth of knowledge is an invaluable asset for governing our schools, especially in times of resource constraints and changing needs for our students and teachers to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
I know he is always thinking about how to create an environment that builds resilient students, a critical factor for future success. Jim always puts students and teachers first. For example, I observed him working with Stephanie Garcia Richard and Kurt Steinhaus on legislation to pilot better approaches to teacher evaluations. That’s the kind of leadership I’d like to see remain on the school board.
Bill Wadt
Los Alamos

100% behind
Ellen Ben-Naim for school board

We are writing to express our enthusiastic support for Ellen Ben-Naim to be a member of the Los Alamos School Board. Presently, we have two children in the Los Alamos Public School system. It has been our privilege to know and work with Ellen Ben-Naim for 16 years.
Ellen has a master’s degree in an education-related field, and has been actively involved in the Los Alamos Public Schools for many years. This has included participation in the budget, homework and advisory committees, and parent council. Her work on these committees and others have had a positive influence on teachers, students, and parents alike.
She has demonstrated her commitment to issues involving the safety and mental  health of our children. Ellen’s work on the Mental Health Design Team is invaluable to our school district. As a member of the Los Alamos School Board, Ellen will continue to work on, “addressing stress, depression and suicidality amongst our youth”.
Ellen is extremely supportive of teachers and their needs, and emphasizes the need for a positive work environment. She will advocate for a fair and just teacher evaluation system. Ellen is also aware of the budget constraints on education, and has expressed a strong desire to work with the county, government, and private agencies to increase resources.
Ellen Ben-Naim is the right person for the job. We are supporting her, and we urge you to do the same.
The Rittner Family
Los Alamos