Letters to the editor 7-20-14

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School Board takes no action on merit pay 

Parents and students in this school district deserve good teachers who are well paid.  Consequently, it is disappointing that our school district is not participating in the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) Incentive Pay Pilot (ped.state.nm.us/ped/RFPDocs/).

A statement in a Los Alamos Monitor story (July 10) about the Incentive Pay Pilot Program incorrectly implies that NMPED will control and administer this pilot. 

However, the Incentive Pay Pilot Application itself states that it is up to each participating school district to design an incentive pay model. If the application is accepted, funding is provided by NMPED.

A school district’s application must include how incentive pay awards will be distributed, the qualifications necessary to earn financial rewards, and the amounts involved. By choosing to take no action, the School Board is passing up an opportunity to participate in the development of this component of the state teacher evaluation plan. 

The Incentive Pay Pilot goals as stated in the Request for Application are to:

• Allow districts and charters the ability to pilot an incentive pay program for teachers and principals

• Provide research on the effects of pilot incentive pay programs teachers and principals

• Improve the performance of teachers and principals through incentive pay policies implemented by districts and charters

• Increase the retention of high performing teachers and principals in schools.

Mary Snow

Los Alamos


Thanks for a great Family Fun Run

I would like to thank all those who helped with the YMCA’s July 4th Family Fun Run. 

This community event would not happen each year without the sponsors, donors, volunteers, and of course the participants. 

The event was sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center, and Southwest Safety Services Inc. Donations and prizes were provided by Ruby K’s, Viola’s Place, Pet Pangaea, Connie’s Over Your Head, The Co-op Market, 10,000 Waves, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs and Resort, CB Fox, Pajarito Brewpub, El Parasol, Reel Deal Theater, Chili Works, Smith’s Marketplace, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Santa Fe, Trader Joe’s, Fusion Multisports, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, Manhattan Project Bar & Grill, Dave’s Old Fashion Barber, Film Festival, Starbuck’s, Daniel’s Café, The Big OH Racing and Home Run Pizza. 

We had great weather, more than 40 volunteers and 223 people run, jog, and walk the 5K. 

Results are posted in The Family YMCA lobby at 1450 Iris St.

Jeremy Smith

Family YMCA Sports and
Adventure program director

Los Alamos