Schmidt uncertain of future plans

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By Tris DeRoma

It was just five years ago Gene Schmidt came to Los Alamos, fresh from his job as superintendent of schools for the Bridgeport School District in Washington State.
When he officially steps down June 30, he said his future plans may take him somewhere else in New Mexico, or back to Washington. One thing is for sure though, he said he is going to miss being superintendent here. He said he was impressed with the previous administration’s approach to education.
“I came to this community very impressed with the quality of the education, and that the community valued educating the whole child,” he said. “Art, drama, sports, music and education in general all seemed to have the same importance.”
He added that he was proud to have added to that legacy, if only if it was for a short time.
Schmidt said he was particularly proud of the guidance he lent to shepherding in the district’s reconstruction of the district’s seven schools, the most important part of that being getting the public to vote for the release of more than $40 million in bonding so far to aid in the construction. So far, Los Alamos High School (construction bonds that were OKd before Schmidt became superintendent) and Los Alamos Middle School have received redesigns, with Aspen Elementary School now being in the midst of its redesign.

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