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School board looks at redistricting

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Meetings: Public input is being sought

By Jennifer Garcia

Following each decennial census, the Los Alamos Board of Education is required to realign school board districts. As a result of this action, the board is required to hold two public meetings.

The first meeting was Nov. 14 at Piñon Elementary school, however only LAPS employees showed up and the meeting was adjourned shortly after it was called to order. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Los Alamos Middle School. During this time, the board will present different options for realignment. The requirements that must be met are: to have two public meetings and have maps showing the districts.

Currently, Dawn Venhaus represents the Piñon district; Melanie McKinley represents Chamisa; Judith Bjarke-McKenzie represents Aspen; Kevin Honnell represents Barranca; and David Foster represents Mountain.

There are 3,423 people in the Piñon district; 3,449 in Chamisa; 3,185 in Aspen; 4,462 in Barranca and 3,431 in the Mountain district.

So far, the board has come up with five different options.

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said that when the school district goes through this process, it is to identify or balance those population counts.


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