According to the Los Alamos Board of Education, all Los Alamos Middle School students should be in their new school, all settled in and learning by Sept. 17.
A lot has to happen before then however, including a “transition plan” carried out by school and McCarthy construction officials.
Before the motion was approved however, the board assured the school’s principal, Rex Kilburn, he could structure the move any way he wants as long as they hit the target date of Sept. 17.
Kilburn expressed concerns that any last-minute move would not give the teachers enough time to adjust to their new surroundings. He alluded to the physical structure and layout of the school, which was designed to offer stronger connections between students and teachers while at the same time, offering a community feel to the educational experience.
“No insults intended here… but it’s not just cracking open a box, throwing stuff on a shelf and boom, we go. There are strong considerations here concerning this new school that we designed,” Kilburn told the board. “We are sharing space that has never been done before at the level that we are going to do it at this middle school.”
Board President Jim Hall assured Kilburn that they could take all the time they needed.