Union passes reduction in contracts, one day of unpaid leave

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By Kirsten Laskey

Money is tight for everyone, including Los Alamos Schools.

Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, warned the school board Tuesday night that even though the proposal to reduce teacher’s contracts to 185 days and to take one day of unpaid leave was approved, the union is displeased.

“You need to understand,” she said, “People are not happy.”

She added they are hoping that there is a way in the future to make cuts “so our staff is not going backwards.”

Mills said the union acted generously; no one wants anyone to lose their jobs.

President Joan Ahlers encouraged more people to look into this issue because the more people involved, the better things will be.

The board took some steps themselves to get pro-active by reviewing an overview for a LAPS Lobbying Task Force.

The problem, according to the overview, is that the $8 million the district receives from the Department of Energy has not been adjusted for inflation in years.

While this funding has helped make the district a premier one, the flat $8 million, along with inadequate state funding and funding complications from a potential new funding formula are problems for the district.

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