After a few weeks of fact-finding into what the Los Alamos Public Schools spends its money on, the 2015 Education Budget Committee came up with a list of priorities the district should focus its funds on. The top three, in order, are:
• Teacher compensation (23 votes)
• Financial and educational support for the professional development of teachers (12 votes)
• Mental health and well being of students (10 votes)
The committee, which is made up of parents, teachers, business people, school administrators and executives from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, worked out the list of priorities during a meeting held at the Los Alamos High School Media Center.
Committee member Bill Wadt, who also has a seat on the LANL Foundation’s board of directors, was glad to see mental health was a priority.
“I think that shows the sensitivity of this community, that it realizes there is a mental health issue in this community and that we need to do more to address it,” he said, shortly after the vote was taken.
Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn oversaw the process, and was also glad to see how the entire list of priorities turned out.