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Schmidt to step down as school superintendent

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Education > Cites not having full support of board as reason

By Tris DeRoma

School officials have confirmed that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt will be resigning at the end of the school year.
On Monday, Schmidt sent a letter to the Los Alamos School Board informing the members of his intentions and his reasons for doing so.
Schmidt said he arrived at his decision through past conversations with the board on key issues.
Though he didn’t care to elaborate on which issues, he said, “I just got a sense it was time to move on. Sometimes you get a feeling you don’t have the full support of the board.”
Board President Jim Hall said, “Gene has worked about as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen. I think he cares about Los Alamos and the schools, and I really wish him the best.”
Hall said he had a lot of admiration for Schmidt, saying he became superintendent during a very difficult time in the school district’s history.
“The cutbacks in state funding, the push by the Public Education Department to improve our schools, he had to deal with a lot of challenges, and I really appreciated his service,” Hall said.
Schmidt said in his resignation letter that he plans to leave at the close of the school year on June 30. “In preparing for my departure, I share my intent to work closely with the school board to ensure a seamless transition.


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