New Superintendent’s mission is to listen and learn

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By Carol A. Clark

His first official day on the job was July 1 and already new Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt has met hundreds of local people.

“Morrie Pongratz (Voice of the Toppers) has been just wonderful taking me around and introducing me to everyone,” Schmidt said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “He invited me to join the Kiwanis at their Fourth of July celebration in White Rock and I also appreciate Jody Benson (school board member) and so many other people who’ve been ambassadors getting me in to places around the community.”

Schmidt spent several hours on July 4 at the entrance to Overlook Park shaking hands and introducing himself to current and former LAPS students and meeting parents, community members and local leaders.

“What I found in talking to so many people is that this town has a real sense of patriotism, they don’t wear it on their sleeve but I saw the pride the kids feel in learning and also the adults of their work and the security they’re providing to our nation,” he said.

Schmidt spent time with former superintendents Mary McLeod and Jim Anderson and praise them both for the legacy they’ve left behind.

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