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Trinity lease close to vote

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By Carol A. Clark

Closure on the Trinity Development Project is getting near. During a briefing to the Los Alamos Board of Education Thursday, Superintendent James Anderson said the committee met last week that Los Alamos Assistant County Administer Tony Mortillaro assembled to provide him input on the agreement with Boyer.“It looks like (the county is) getting quite close on getting an agreement with Boyer,” Anderson said.Both Anderson and school board member Joan Ahlers said they do not anticipate any major changes to the documents between the county and the district.“Once the development sublease is done, we’ll have an executive session and have our attorney John Kennedy there to help us understand,” Ahlers said. “Then we’ll have an open meeting and a final meeting and vote.”The board still hopes to get community input and answer any lingering question that might be out there. Board President Alison Beckman reminds the public that the district website has a form to submit questions about the project.That form can be accessed at www.laschools.net.In other action, the board approved 5-to-0 standard budget transactions presented by LAPS District Business Director John Wolfe.District lobbyist Scott Scanland was scheduled to appear during the work session portion of Thursday’s school board meeting. Anderson told the board that Scanland was unable to attend because he was working on issues with the legislators. One issue of major concern, Anderson said, is the bill Rep. Mimi Stewart was to present at 8 a.m. today to the House Education Committee. Anderson detailed the history behind the bill, which seeks to change the poverty funding formula for state funding to school districts. This affects special education and GATE programs and under this formula, Los Alamos is ranked at zero poverty and could be adversely impacted by the bill. Anderson said he’s received some assurances that Los Alamos would be unharmed in a grandfathering situation, but he is not certain. He planned to attend today’s committee meeting. Editor’s note: Details of the meeting will follow in another article as will details of other important issues discussed at Thursday’s school board meeting.