I was delighted to read that my fellow county councilors passed a resolution in favor of the special election to consider a property tax levy to help University of New Mexico-Los Alamos.
Even though I was away for that meeting, I want to voice my support for this resolution and furthermore urge every voter to approve this ballot question.
I have many reasons for my support, but I wanted to concentrate on a specific value that UNM-LA provides to our community and one that my family has benefited from directly. A healthy UNM-LA is a great resource for our high school students, and helps in many ways to make them better prepared for the future.
My three boys graduated from Los Alamos High School, and all three of them took classes at UNM-LA. These classes gave them a good (and eye-opening) preview of the rigors of a college class and gave them a head start by transferring credits to their eventual college.
When I researched the statistics on this “dual credit” opportunity, I was surprised by the large number of students who took advantage of this program. In the last five years, there were almost 1399 dual credit students and last spring, 70 percent of them were LAHS students.