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Education

  • District stuck in the middle

    Even though the Los Alamos Board of Education recently awarded the Los Alamos Middle School construction project to McCarthy — which beat out two other companies - construction on the project has been delayed indefinitely.

    That’s because one of the two companies that lost out to McCarthy, Albuquerque-based Bradbury Stamm, is protesting that McCarthy shouldn’t have received in-state preference. The company is also protesting similar awards by Santa Fe Public Schools and Los Lunas Public Schools.

  • UNM-LA advances training program

    The Accelerate Technical Training Program brings students a new approach to academic success.  It offers ongoing coaching that quickly prepares people of all ages and educational backgrounds for enhanced employment opportunities in science technology engineering, mathematics (STEM), and business.
    Accelerate provides a step toward obtaining jobs, as well as a flexible foundation for retraining as industries and employers innovate in the future. The program is available at six regional colleges including UNM-Los Alamos and UNM-Taos.
    The program provides students with academic and career coaching, helps them connect with employers in their field and provides them with professional readiness training, UNM-LA Accelerate Coordinator Jackie La New said.

  • School board approves $62.6 million budget

    The Los Alamos Board of Education unanimously approved its overall $62.6 million budget for the upcoming school year.

    The money includes funding for a three percent pay increase to classified employees or non-instructional staff.

    Of that $62.6 million, $34.4 million is appropriated for operational expenses.

    Last week, the board approved additional funding for line items that had been slashed previously as part of cost-saving efforts.

    That funding increase is a result of additional revenue coming in because enrollment is up.

    Of those line items is funding for next year’s school board election, additional professional development opportunities for teachers, and funding for grounds maintenance.

  • Teachers to get pay hike

    As part of the Los Alamos Public School Board’s budget approval for next year, certified employees (instructional staff) will receive a 3 percent raise —the first bump in four years.

    The board has yet to determine or formalize a raise for classified employees, a group that includes administrative support and maintenance.

    The Los Alamos Public School District’s operating budget will remain relatively flat with a few adjustments as a result of higher revenue from larger enrollment numbers.

    This year’s entire school budget is projected to be $62 million, with about $34 million for operational expenses. That's a little more than $1 million over the current fiscal year budget.

  • Phys Ed fun

    On Wednesday, all five elementary schools came together for the annual Field Day at Sullivan Field. LAPS Physical Education teachers rallied a multitude of volunteers to help with the festivities that wrap up the year. Here things are stacking up quite nicely as youth compete to stack cups, race to the end, unstack and tag their teammate.

  • Local students honored with Oppenheimer scholarship awards

    Nine college-bound
    high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
    The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
     The JROMC has awarded more than 160 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $325,000 since the program was begun in 1984.
    The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

  • Hoops a hit for elementary school

    They say good things come to those who wait. That could not be more true for students at Barranca Elementary, who on Tuesday finally cut the ribbon on the Legacy Basketball Court Project.

    They have been waiting for a new basketball court since last spring, when students in Nicole McGrane’s sixth grade class thought up the idea and began a conversation about what the Parent Teacher Organization does for the school.

    The class started talking about how run-down the basketball courts were.

    “I told them if they felt that strongly, then they should do something about it,” McGrane said. She never thought the students would actually take action, but that’s just what they did.

  • UNM-LA Board mulls 1-mil tax levy

    In February 2010, University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page said after voters rejected a mil levy, the Advisory Board would wait a year or two until the economy turns around, and would again pose the question to voters.

    It appears that time has come.

    The board mulled over the idea of having another mil levy election during its meeting Monday evening.

  • Year in review

    The Los Alamos High School yearbook staff distributed the annual Monday and Tuesday during lunch. The book is titled, “Kaboom-a Explosion of LAHS Superheroes.”

  • Board rejects latest bus loop plan

    In an 11th-hour vote Tuesday night, the Los Alamos Public School Board rejected a proposal for a new bus loop.

    After at least three design revisions, the committee charged with coming up with the proposal, formally presented a new bus loop design to the board during its regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

    The bus loop committee selected the plan after reviewing and scoring at least nine different options including those that would unload students behind the school, along Diamond Drive and Canyon Road.

    School District Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the option presented best fit the needs of the high school because it separates the bus drop off from the parent drop off.