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Two school board members honored

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By Carol A. Clark

The New Mexico School Boards Association honored two Los Alamos School Board members with leadership awards for 2007.President Alison Beckman received the “Outstanding Leadership Award” for her successful completion of the cumulative 36 hours of Level II of the Leadership Development Program set by the board of directors of the New Mexico School Boards Association. Beckman also earned the “Exemplary Award” acknowledging her completion of 20 or more hours of mandated training within the 2006-2007 school program year.Girrens was honored with the “Leadership Achievement Award” for his successful completion of the cumulative 24 hours of training for Level I of the Leadership Development Program.Superintendent James Anderson presented Beckman and Girrens with their awards during Tuesday’s school board meeting in the district boardroom.In other business, Anderson told the board another meeting with the Boyer Company is scheduled for Thursday regarding the Trinity Site Project.“We’re hoping almost everything will be wrapped up,” Anderson said. “Hopefully, we’ll get to see it (contract), then at some point we’ll begin setting up meeting schedules.”Board member Joan Ahlers added, “We have to vote and approve our documents before (the county) can lease ground they don’t own.”Frequently asked questions and responses regarding the project are posted on the LAPS website at www.laschools.net.John Wolfe, director of business services presented a revenue summary to the board indicating the district is in good shape, having spent just 38.73 percent, school-year to date, of budgeted revenue from all operational funds.The board unanimously approved the site plan as submitted by UNM-LA at the Dec. 11 school board meeting.The plan calls for construction of a maintenance facility to replace the current facility, which consists of an old trailer.Assistant Superintendent Mary McLeod, referred to Tuesday evening as the “flow chart queen” because of her impressive chart designs, received applause from board members for her design of the process for Policy 8365 - Concerns/Complaints to the school board.The board approved the policy 5-to-0. They also unanimously approved a waiver of the New Mexico High School Competency Exam for a specific student.All five board members approved keeping the same five questions in the annual Quality of Education survey that parents take online:• When I or a member of my family contact a Los Alamos Public School employee about a problem, the problem is addressed quickly and professionally.• The district uses its resources wisely in order to develop quality learning experiences for my student.• My child’s school helps my child develop positive character and citizenship traits.• The school’s curriculum, and the way it is being delivered to my child, is meeting his/her educational needs.• I feel the schools are making an effort to involve a wide cross-section of parents and community in school issues and committees.“This survey is for us to look at to see how we’re doing and if there are things we can do better,” Anderson said.Los Alamos High School Student Council Vice President Amanda Stephens briefed the board on the latest activities taking place at the high school. “We’re planning the Winter Ball for Feb. 2,” Stephens said.“The theme is black and white,” Stephens said. “Also, Student Council State is coming up in February in Albuquerque.”She explained Student Council State brings councils across New Mexico together to learn leadership skills.The next board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public.