Rebuilding pride

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By Special to the Monitor

Editor’s Note: This story is the first of several that the district will be releasing.

In January, Los Alamos voters will be asked to approve a $40 million school bond issue, which will give the district necessary funds to embark on a 20-year plan for rebuilding schools.

This 20-Year Plan was developed by the LAPS District Facilities Committee and is designed to address Los Alamos Public School facility renewal needs.

Schools must be rebuilt and pride in school structures is necessary in order to enhance the educational environment for students. The mail-out ballots will be sent out in mid January and will be due by Jan. 27.

Voter registration can be done at the county offices on Central Avenue.

The LAPS Bond Committee has developed a five-month plan to present relevant facts to the public so that voters can make informed decisions. Such a plan requires financing, and the committee is appealing for donations.

The campaign will use these donations alone because it will not use any school monies to fund this effort. Contact Steve Girrens or any school board member, if interested in donating. Understanding the importance of this initiative, LANB has generously set the ball rolling by donating $5,000.

The decision to hold a bond election was not a step taken lightly by the district. Careful assessment and planning by the facilities committee, as illustrated in its April 2007 report to the school board, led to this decision. The report can be found at www.laschools.net/laschools/site/default.asp.

On the information bar, choose “Committees and Organizations,” and click on “Facilities Planning Committee.” This leads to the page that shows photographs of the state of the schools as well as the PowerPoint presentation of the committee’s findings.

LAPS Bond Committee’s focus is to inform the public about the Facilities Renewal Plan and the election. The public is encouraged to look for further articles and guest opinions as well as exploring the website at www.laschools.net. Select “Committees and Organizations” from the informational toolbar and click on “Bond Committee.”

This site will be kept current with a “Q & A” section, reprints of newspaper articles and guest opinions, and data relevant to the election. Concurrently, bond committee members will be sporting bright green T-shirts at local community events, school sporting venues, as well as school site open houses. Please ask them about the bond.

By rejuvenating the school district and rebuilding infrastructure, the district intends to provide a superior learning environment for students, while protecting the community’s investment in the future. It is well known that parents who are looking for schools to send their children often make decisions based on the outside appearance of the buildings, and that the school environment plays an enormous role in student success. Strong schools go hand in hand with strong communities. Let’s revitalize education for students.