Schools move forward on Canyon Complex property lease

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By Carol A. Clark

Following discussion with Los Alamos Public School’s attorney Charlotte Hetherington, the board of education approved a resolution authorizing renewal of the district’s Canyon Complex lease with Los Alamos National Security LLC.

The motion carried 4-0, with board member Alison Beckman absent. Two additional motions carried 4-0 related to the Canyon lease.

The first approves an amendment to the lease switching the tenant from The Regents of the University of California to LANS as well as similar modifications.

The board also approved a minor modification to three leases pending at the state.

The district has been working to update its lease documents with the lab because of changes that have occurred since LANS took over management in 2006.

“The leases are essentially the same template as were previously used with changes in personnel reflected in the new leases,” Hetherington said.

In other business, the board voted unanimously to table three policies that received first readings Tuesday:

• 5126 Student Grading Change Policy;

• 5154 Weapons in School; and

• 5149/4145 Staff-Student Relations.

Brad Parker of Parker Construction expressed interest in leasing the District’s A15 property, which consists of 7.5 acres of land on DP Road.

“We’re proposing to lease the property for construction offices and to store equipment we have for working on county and lab projects,” Parker said. He also expressed an interest in having the property zoned M2 industrial to allow for a construction yard.

The board indicated an interest and plans to have the property appraised. The last appraisal done several years ago reflected some $215,000 in value.

The district’s June Gladney updated board members on the search for a superintendent to replace James Anderson who retired in July.

“Fifty packets were sent out, we got responses from 10 and  three submitted their information back,” she said, adding that the deadline for the remaining seven to submit their information is Thursday.

The intention is to compile and have the respondents evaluated in time to make a recommendation to the Nov. 20 board meeting, she said.

Athletic Director Vicki Nelms expressed concern over the lack of care some are giving Sullivan Field, including walking on the expensive track with cleats and with dogs.

Also, the grass has been damage by entities using the infield for events involving booths and other structures. In addition to the rough treatment of the track and field, trouble has occurred regarding people who refuse to adhere to the posted rule that Sullivan Field is closed during home games and meets.

The school board is set to meet again at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 4 in the district boardroom at 751 Trinity Drive. The meeting is open to the public.