School gets off to rousing start

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By Carol A. Clark

Superintendent Gene Schmidt is pleased with how things are going as the first week of the 2009-10 school year kicks into high gear. It could have been a complete fiasco what with the heavy construction underway on major arterial roadways and many construction projects ramping down throughout the district.

“I applaud and marvel at the patience our parents have shown with all the construction issues and want them to know that we appreciate their patience and that we’re understanding if their children arrive a little late at first,” Schmidt said during an interview this morning. “I also want to applaud our building construction crews who have completed 27 different projects this summer.”

This included a new roof for Mountain Elementary School and a new bus line in the parking lot at Aspen Elementary School, he said.

“I just marvel at the accomplishments of these construction crews and how hard they’ve worked to complete all these projects in time for our back to school week,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt also commended each of his school principals for their efficiency in coordinating the many back to school details.

“The Los Alamos Public Schools is a well-oiled machine in which all of the staff, teachers and administrators make what could be a very hectic week feel routine,” he said. “They are truly amazing and all signs point to another great year.”

LAPS elementary schools throughout the district let out at noon this week.

The Los Alamos Middle School held its first full day of school today.

Pre-school begins and is an all-day event.

Los Alamos High School will hold a mandatory  Fall Parent Athletics Meeting at 6 p.m. today. For information, access www.laschools.net/lahs/site/default.asp.

During construction on Diamond Drive, the bus for Mountain Elementary School that stops on Ridgeway will pick up and drop off students on Sandia Drive.

The Late Activity bus routes at 5:20 p.m. from LAMS and 5:45 p.m. from LAHS have been approved to begin immediately and run through the end of October.

The Late Activity buses will start again during track season when there is a large group participating. That time and date are to be determined.

The 4 p.m. Late Activity routes have been eliminated because of budget concerns.

Because of road construction and the inability for buses to make left-hand turns off of Diamond Drive, the Late Activity bus will not be able to serve Pueblo Complex.  Those students will be released in time to meet the bus at LAHS at 5:45 p.m.

For information, access the LAPS Web site at www.laschools.net.

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or (505) 662-4185 ext. 25. Read her newsblog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.