Schools met difficult challenges in 2008

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By Carol A. Clark

Attempts to fill retired Superintendent James Anderson’s substantial shoes proved unsuccessful and led the Los Alamos Board of Education to convince Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod to take the reins for at least one year.

Many notables expressed appreciation for Anderson’s contributions, including New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

Business leader Roger Waterman described Los Alamos as having been blessed that Anderson led the schools for 14 years.

“We have a lot of problems in this town but the quality of education is not one of them and that doesn't happen by accident,” Waterman said at the time.

“It takes a lot of people and strong leadership at the top. I think the school system and the medical center are amongst the last two benefits left in this town that attract new families to move here and Jim is a big reason for this. He has high morals and a high commitment to quality products. I think he's a very talented man ... he’s contributed so much to our youth ... I’m sorry to see him go but happy he’s leaving on such a high note.”

Anderson had a significant hand in the creation of two important foundations.

The LANL Foundation, which began several years ago and more recently the LAPS Foundation.

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