It looks like the Los Alamos Public School District will have to give back the money after all.
A few weeks ago, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced that it had made an accounting error when it came to distributing funds meant to compensate school systems for the number of “at-risk” students they are educating. At-risk students are considered to be students who don’t attend school regularly, cannot speak English, or are considered living below the poverty level.
The amount LAPS is going to have to refund the state amounts to $218,076.73.
On Tuesday, LAPS school officials, including Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe and Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, met with officials from the PED over the issue.
At first, the PED said they were going to let the school districts that were affected keep the money, but then they decided not to.
“They received some feedback from various folks, and they found they had to take it back because of the legal issues involved,” Wolfe said.
Though the school board has not been consulted yet, they are meeting with the board this Thursday to discuss the issue, Schmidt and Wolfe both said the most likely option they will settle on is paying it back through the next school year.