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Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus addresses the school board after it passed a one-year extension of his contract at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Board extends school chief’s contract

The Los Alamos School Board voted Tuesday night to extend the contract of Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and approved a raise for him that hinges on final figures from the 2018-19 budget that are under review.

“It is an honor and a privilege serving as superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools,” Steinhaus said following the vote near the close of the board’s monthly meeting. “Along with incredible students and parents, we have outstanding teachers, school leaders and staff supporting the learning process. I enjoy working with the whole team.”

Steinhaus said he would accept a raise only if the money was first available for other staff raises.

“I accept the school board’s contract extension and salary raise proposal only after we identify funds to provide a much-needed raise for all LAPS staff,” he said.

The one-year extension means Steinhaus, who started with LAPS in May 2015, is now under contract through the end of the ’20-21 school year and puts him at the three-year extension limit allowed by New Mexico state law.

While the vote for the raise was unanimous, the vote for the one-year extension wasn’t, with the lone dissenting vote coming from Bill Hargraves, who said it wasn’t a reflection on the superintendent.