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Following the final approval of the 2011-2012 budget, one Los Alamos Board of Education member is resigning. Thelma Hahn, who represents the Piñon neighborhood, announced on Tuesday that she plans to leave her seat on the board effective May 20.
In a letter to the school board, Hahn said that she was asked in December 2008 to run for the District 1 position. She agreed to run, but added a stipulation of serving only two years of a four-year term.
However, last February, Hahn was asked if she would stay on the board through the 2011-2012 budget process, until it was finalized and submitted to the New Mexico Public Education Department. She agreed and saw the process through.
The budget is expected to be finalized on May 19 and submitted to the NMPED by May 25.
“I am submitting this intent early so that a search may begin for this District 1 position on the board,” Hahn said in her letter. “I cannot leave without saying that this has been a rewarding experience to serve on this board with the new members and the last board with Ken Johnson, Joanie Ahlers and Jody Benson.
“The district has benefited from the intellect, dedication and positive agenda of these members. The schools’ administration from the central office to each school has been responsible for people who give much more than 100 percent of their time and effort. We all need to thank them and encourage them. We are fortunate to have excellent teachers that make a huge impact on our outstanding creative students.
“Being an educator, I do realize the efforts and concerns involved in teaching and supporting each student in their learning. May this board and those that follow fulfill the vision that has been set before them.”
School Board President Melanie McKinley recently thanked Hahn for her service on the board and said, “Thelma has been a delight to work with.”
Ahlers and Benson offered praise for Hahn’s years on the board.
“Thelma brought an artistic side to board discussions,” Benson said. “She promoted the arts and went out of her way to meet the kids.”
Ahlers said Hahn brought an historical perspective to the board.
“As a former teacher and as a board member, Thelma had the unique perspective of seeing the school district in good and hard economic times. In both cases, she brought a strong sense of optimism,” Ahlers said.
As the search for a new board member begins, an application has been posted on the LAPS website and is due to Cathy McAnally, secretary to the superintendent, by the end of the day on May 20. The board will hold a special meeting at 1:30 p.m. May 21 in Suite V to hold interviews and select a replacement to complete Hahn’s term.
Those interested in serving on the school board must be a registered New Mexico voter and live in District 1, which stretches from Royal Crest Trailer Park to Pajarito Acres. For more information, visit www.laschools.net or call the district office at 663-2230.
Jennifer Garcia contributed to this report.